Brown Butter Perch


This is a simple perch recipe from someone who loves perch. I love everything about them — their sweet, delicate flavor, the striking coloration, and the stubborn fight they put up for their size. The key to this recipe is getting the butter to a perfect nutty brown. Technically it's still butter, but something happens when it's toasted like this, and it really does become another ingredient altogether.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 cup flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon finely ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 8 ounces fresh perch fillets

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 lemon, cut in half


  1. Whisk flour, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a shallow bowl. Gently press perch fillets into flour mixture to coat, shaking off any excess flour.

  2. Heat butter in a skillet over medium heat until butter is foaming and nut-brown in color. Working in batches, cook fillets in brown butter until lightly golden, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer cooked fillets to a plate, squeeze lemon juice over the top, and serve.

    close up view of Brown Butter Perch on a white platter
    sue mason


Please note the differences in ingredient amounts when using the magazine version of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

271 Calories
12g Fat
31g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 271
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 703mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 22mg 111%
Calcium 84mg 6%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 215mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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