Grouper with Garlic-Lemon Butter Sauce

by Shawnda on March 21, 2010

in Citrus,Lemon,Pasta, Rice, and Grains,Seafood

Grouper with Garlic-Lemon Butter Sauce

I love daylight savings – it’s still daylight at supper time! With a 7 week old, I don’t even miss that hour of sleep. With a 7 week old, I also don’t have loads of free time to hang out and play in the kitchen. Or do laundry. Or wear matching socks, apparently.

If it’s not quick and easy, I don’t really have time to do it. So I do what I can to make dinner as painless as possible. That usually means building dinner around a prepared freezer entree or pantry staples.

Grouper with Garlic-Lemon Butter Sauce

Dinner was supposed to be reminiscent of a dish my husband had out several months ago – seared white fish topped with tomatoes and basil and a creamy butter sauce. I didn’t quite nail the restaurant dish – I stayed away from the heavy cream – but I did manage to put a fresh and easy dinner on the table in a short time.

Grouper with Garlic-Lemon Butter Sauce

Grouper with Garlic-Lemon Butter Sauce. A simple and delicious fish and pasta dish.


  • 3/4 cup orzo
  • 2 6oz filets of your favorite fish (grouper was on sale)
  • 3 Tbsp butter, divided
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tsp flour
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1 Tbsp basil, chiffonade


  1. Bring a pot of salted water to boil and cook orzo according to package directions, drain.
  2. While the orzo is cooking, heat 2 Tbsp butter in a pan over med-high heat. Salt and pepper both sides of the fish and place in the pan. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side, until fish is cooked through and seared nicely.
  3. In a small sauce pan, heat remaining 1 Tbsp butter over med-high heat. Add garlic and stir until fragrant. Stir in flour and cook for an extra minute. Add white wine and lemon juice, whisking until smooth. Remove from heat.
  4. Divide orzo between two plates or bowls. Serve fish over orzo, topped with chopped tomato, basil, and sauce.


Yields: 2 servings


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