This is a quick, easy, and simple way to make perfectly cooked fish. You can season it any way you like and just use the method. It’s such a versatile and fool-proof way to cook fish while keeping it moist and flaky. Plus since it utilizes the oven you can wrap up the rest of your dinner and start plating while it’s in the oven.
Feel free to use any fish you like as well. It works well with Tilapia, Pickerel, Cod, Salmon, Halibut, etc., etc. We used it today to make Fish sandwiches with jalapeño coleslaw. I was able to toast my buns and prepare my coleslaw while my fish cooked to buttered perfection in the oven, making it an ideal method for us at lunch.
SKILLET TO OVEN METHOD
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 2 fillets of fish, your choice
- salt, pepper, or whatever seasoning you like!
OVEN-ONLY METHOD (see bottom of post for this method)
- 2 Tablespoons butter, melted (or 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil)
- 1 Tablespoon butter, chilled and cubed per piece of fish
- seasonings to taste
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Take out a 10-12 inch cast iron skillet. Using 1 Tablespoon of butter coat the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with 2 Tablespoons of water and set aside.
The water will not coat the entire pan, FYI.
Cut up remaining Tablespoon of butter into 4-6 cubes, set aside.
Remove your fish from packaging (make sure it is de-boned and clean) and pat dry with a paper towel.
Now season up as you like. A nice sprinkling of salt & pepper (on both sides!) is plenty and lovely.
We usually season according to what we are serving with. I.E. if I’m just serving this fish with rice and vegetables I might do Lemon-Pepper…
Add fillets to the pan and place over high heat on stove-top. (Your oven should be 400 degrees by this point!) We want to bring the pan to a boil before we add it to the oven.
Once it is boiling we dot the fish with our little cubes of remaining butter and pop it in the oven. Set your timer for 7 – 15 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish. This Tilapia takes only 7 minutes, but a big thick fillet of Salmon usually takes 13-15 minutes in my experience with this method.
Remove from the oven and serve. I’m making sandwiches so I transferred mine to a plate with paper towels to drain. It’s light, moist, flaky, and oh so easy!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees with rack in upper-third of oven. Coat you baking dish with 2 Tablespoons of melted butter and add prepared fish (patted dry and seasoned as you prefer) dot with butter and bake in oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until fish is done and begins to flake. I sometimes turn my broiler on for the last 2 to 3 minutes of cooking and it makes some of the fish edges crispy and delicious. That is of course optional. Enjoy! This is an easier and simpler method and just as fabulous.
I hope you enjoy this simple method to cook fish as much as we do!
Tips: Making 4-6 pieces – use a larger pan and additional Tablespoon of butter to coat the skillet. Plus 1/2 Tablespoon of butter/fillet for dotting the tops!)
Don’t want or can’t use butter? Simple coat the skillet with canola or other high-temperature oil and omit adding oil to the tops. The top of the fish will be firmer and have more of a low-broil effect.
Making a crusted fish? Omit the butter on top.