Pan Fried Fish with Blistered Tomatoes on a white plate garnished with crumbled feta cheese
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Pan Fried Fish with Blistered Tomatoes Recipe

In this Pan Fried Fish and Blistered Tomatoes recipe, fresh grouper fillets are quickly seared, then cherry tomatoes are cooked until their skins are charred, which gives them a uniquely sweet flavor. A decadent lemon, parsley, butter sauce full of scallions and briny capers finishes off this light summer meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: light summer meals, pan fried fish, pan seared fish, simple summer supper
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 389kcal
Author: Sharon Rigsby


Pan-Fried Fish Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs fresh grouper fillets skin removed, about 3/4 inch thick, or four 6-8 oz filets* see notes
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil divided

Blistered Tomatoes Ingredients:

  • 2 pints fresh cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp capers drained
  • 4 scallions white parts only, minced
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbled, for garnish

Lemon, Parsley, and Butter Sauce Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp Italian parsley chopped


Pan Fried Fish Directions:

  • Rinse off the fish fillets, and blot dry with a paper towel.
  • Season both sides of the filets with salt and pepper.
  • Preheat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat for one minute.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and heat until the oil shimmers. (This should take about one minute.)
  • Add the fish fillets, with the side the skin was on down and cook for approximately 4 minutes or until the fish is golden brown.
  • Use a fish turner or pancake turner and carefully turn the fish over to cook on the opposite side. Cook the fish for an additional 3 minutes or it becomes opaque and flakes easily.
  • Carefully remove the fish from the pan, place on a plate covered loosely with foil to keep warm.

Blistered Tomatoes Directions:

  • When the fish are done, wipe out the skillet with a paper towel and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan.
  • Heat the oil over medium-high heat, and when the oil is hot, add the tomatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally until the tomatoes are blistered on all sides which should take about 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove the tomatoes from the pan and cover to keep warm.

Lemon, Parsley, and Butter Sauce Directions:

  • Add the butter to the pan, turn down the heat to medium. When the butter has melted, add the scallions and capers. Cook for about 1 minute and remove from the heat. Add the lemon juice and parsley. Stir to combine.


  • Plate the fish and add a serving of the blistered tomatoes. Top both the fish and tomatoes with the lemon, parsley and butter sauce. Top the tomatoes with crumbled feta cheese. Serve immediately.


Although it looks like a lot of steps, this recipe comes together very quickly. For the best results, gather your ingredients and have everything prepped and ready before you begin.
This recipe calls for fish fillets that are about 3/4 inch thick. If your fillets are thicker or thinner, they will take more or less time to cook.


Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 427mg | Potassium: 641mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3000IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 3.2mg