Brown Butter-Sauteed Tilapia with Pistachios

There’s nothing quite like fun and crispy fish and chips, and now you can make them easily at home! Aida makes Fried Fish Bites with Sweet Potato Fries and Spicy Mayo. She’s also has an elegant fish dish that’s perfect for any night of the week: Brown Butter-Sauteed Tilapia With Pistachios.

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Ease of Preparation: easy
Total Preparation Time: 3 Minutes 
Total Time: 11 minutes


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • 4 (3-ounce) tilapia fillets 
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 
  • 1 tablespoon canola or peanut oil 
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 
  • 4 thin slices lemon, for garnish 
  • 3 tablespoons roasted, salted shelled pistachios, roughly chopped 


  1. Place flour in a shallow dish or resealable plastic bag and season with salt and pepper. Dredge fillets in flour mixture or add to bag, close, and shake to coat.
  2. Place 1 tablespoon of the butter and oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. When it foams, lower heat to medium-low. Shake excess flour off 2 of the fillets, add to pan, and cook until golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes per side. Remove fillets to a plate and repeat with remaining fillets.
  3. Add remaining 1 tablespoon butter and cook until it begins to brown. Immediately remove from heat, stir in lemon juice, and pour over fish. Lay a lemon slice over each fillet, sprinkle pistachios over top and serve with mashed or roasted potatoes and a simple green salad.