Savory Lemon White Fish Fillet Recipe

4.84 from 12 votes

Whitefish and a hint of lemon make for one mouthwatering entrée.

lemon whitefish fillet recipe

Longing for some zesty seafood, but nothing too fishy? Something light but not boring? Here’s our favorite whitefish fillet recipe for savory lemon whitefish fillet. It’s bold, daring, and simple. Sounds too good to be true? It’s not.

Grab a fresh whitefish fillet on sale, or splurge on your favorite fish. Haddock, sole, hake, or cod are all delicious. And flounder and halibut, too. This lemony, healthy whitefish fillet recipe is versatile, accommodating, and only demands the slightest bit of effort on your part. Apart from the fish, the only ingredients you’ll need are the easy, on-hand staples of olive oil, salt, pepper, and, of course, lemon. 

 Whitefish is a nutritious part of a healthy diet, but it is often overshadowed by other varieties of seafood, such as salmon and mackerel. Whitefish is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, contributing to lowered blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight loss. It’s a healthy source of lean protein and a perfect centerpiece for a healthy, delicious entree.

Saute until browned and serve with remaining juices from the pan. Toss a ready-made salad on the side, if you like, and maybe some brown rice, and you have yourself a light but satisfying lemony white fish sensation. Bring on dinnertime asap, because you are ready!

4.84 from 12 votes

Savory Lemon Whitefish Fillet Recipe

This whitefish fillet recipe is a quick and easy way to make a scrumptious and healthy meal that's versatile and only requires five ingredients.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 1 fillet
Course Dinner
Cuisine Universal
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 16 to 24 ounces cod fillets halibut or flounder for substitute (4 fillets)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • 2 lemons one cut in halves, one cut in wedges


  • Allow the fish to sit in a bowl at room temperature for 10- 15 minutes.
  • Rub one tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of each fillet. Place a skillet or sauté pan over medium heat and add two tablespoons of olive oil. When the oil is hot and shimmering, but not smoking, after about one minute, add the fish. Cook for two to three minutes on each side, so that each side is browned and the fish is cooked through.
  • Squeeze both lemon halves over the fish and remove from the heat. If there is any lemon juice left in the pan, pour it over the fish to serve. Serve with lemon wedges.


Tip: Make this into a meal by tossing arugula, baby kale, or other lettuce greens in lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper, and having as a side salad.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1fillet | Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 223mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5
Keywords Diabetic-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Keto, Quick and Easy, Seafood

Have you made this recipe?
Tag @skinnyms on Instagram or hashtag it #skinnyms

If you enjoyed this whitefish fillet recipe, you might also like to try:

Stay informed about new recipes, workouts, and other healthy lifestyle topics by subscribing to our newsletter. Join our fun and thriving community on our Facebook page and check out our Pinterest, too!

Have some feedback for us? Let us know what you think of this post in the comments section below. Don’t forget to let us know what you’d like to read about in the future!

This post may include affiliate links.


The SkinnyMs. team believes that all people, regardless of age, size, and fitness level, have the power to transform their lives — they just need the resources to do so. The SkinnyMs. method promotes healthy living through a combination of clean eating and regular exercise. We offer everything you need to be successful.

More by Skinny


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating