Ok friends if you love white fish with lemon sauce, you’re gonna love our recipe. Lemon pepper white fish is fantastic and keto friendly or great when served with pasta. This simple skillet white fish recipe with a creamy lemon sauce is a great quick and easy weeknight dinner.

Best Skillet Lemon Pepper White Fish Recipe on a cooking pan

White Fish with Lemon Pepper Sauce Recipe

Our simple fish with creamy sauce is a fantastic weeknight seafood dinner that takes less than 30 minutes. It’s too easy to make and super easy to eat too quick because it’s that good. It’s always about the sauce and we’ve perfected this lemon pepper sauce that we pour it on just about anything. Our past lemon pepper chicken recipe was such hit that we decided on using this on fish.

Best white fish for this recipe?

There’s many types of white fish that can work. Some popular ones and that are budget friendly are: cod, sustainable tilapia and haddock. More fancy or expensive white fish would be halibut and sole.

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Best Skillet Lemon Pepper White Fish Recipe on a cooking pan

Extra spicy flavors

This amazing lemon sauce and fish also tastes great if you want to make it spicy. From adding sriracha, fresh chopped chilies or homemade chili garlic crunch there’s so many possibilities. The extra layer of spicy flavor is fantastic.

Can you add vegetables to the skillet fish?

Sure, but choose vegetable that are quick cooking. This fish recipe cooks and comes together quickly. Here’s some quick cook veggies that should be finished along with the fish. Just make sure to cut then into small bite sized pieces:

  • zucchini
  • asparagus
  • celery
  • bok choy or cabbage
  • tomatoes

We love baked and skillet white fish recipes and are always creating new recipes for white fish like tilapia, halibut, sole and cod. Now we’ve taken our popular lemon pepper sauce recipe and added tilapia to it and it’s a hit! You can bake the white fish if you prefer and make the sauce separately on the stove top. There’s many ways to enjoy and prepare this white fish recipe but don’t forget the lemon pepper sauce because that’s what makes this dish so delicious.

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Skillet White Fish with Lemon Pepper Sauce

Cooking times will vary depending on the thickness and size of your fish. So keep checking the fish while baking to make sure it’s to your desired texture, rather than follow an exact cooking time. This recipe is based on the cooking times for tilapia. Feel free to use whatever white fish you prefer (tilapia, halibut, cod, etc.)
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For the Fish

  • 4 (6 ounce-170g) tilapia filets , or any white fish
  • Salt , to taste
  • Black pepper , to taste
  • pinch of paprika and/or ground cumin , optional

For the Lemon Pepper Sauce:

  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil , or butter
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) lemon pepper seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons  (10 ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • zest of 1 medium lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons (45 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) mustard , (dijon, yellow, spicy brown, etc.)
  • salt , to taste
  • black pepper , to taste (preferably fresh cracked pepper)

For Serving

  • 3 Tablespoons (45 ml) minced parsley optional garnish
  • optional: serve with cooked pasta, noodles, rice, steamed veggies or side of bread.


  • Rinse and pat dry the fish filets. Season all sides of the fish with salt and pepper. (optional) Season with sprinkle of paprika and ground cumin for more flavor.
    Seasoned raw fish fillets
  • Heat a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat, and add olive oil or melt the 2 tablespoons of butter. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
    Garlic cooking on a pan
  • Add the heavy whipping cream, chicken broth, lemon pepper seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, lemon zest, lemon juice, and mustard. Whisk the sauce until completely combined. Taste the sauce and season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
    Whisking sauce in the pan
  • Add fish to the skillet. Cover with a lid and cook the fish in the sauce for about 3-10 minutes or until fish is fully cooked (depending on the thickness of your fish).
    Lid covering the pan with the fish and sauce
  • Top with minced parsley and serve the fish warm on top of rice, pasta, noodles or serve with bread.
    Cooked fish in pan with lemon pepper sauce


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 394kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 36g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 146mg, Sodium: 254mg, Potassium: 644mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 910IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 63mg, Iron: 1.5mg

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