October 25, 2023

Pan Seared Red Grouper with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce

How to make pan seared grouper with lemon garlic cream sauce

Pan Seared Red Grouper with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce


1 ½ teaspoons lemon-garlic seasoning

1 ¼ pounds grouper fillets

Olive oil

2 tablespoons butter, cut into quarters

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat a large, oven-safe skillet over medium heat.  Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to the pan and allow it to heat up.  Season fish fillets and place them flesh side down into the pan.  Allow to cook until a nice golden brown crust has formed, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn fish and allow to sear on the other side for about 2 minutes. Dot fish with butter and finish the cooking process in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the temperature reaches 145 degrees.

Simple Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce:

2 tablespoons butter

4 garlic cloves, grated with a microplane

Zest of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons  all-purpose flour

2 cups half and half ( do not use fat-free)

⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

Take out a 12-inch skillet and melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic and cook

For 30 seconds until fragrant while stirring.

Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute until lightly golden, stirring constantly.

Do not burn; you just want to cook off the raw flour taste.

Gradually add in the half and half while stirring.  Season with salt and pepper.  Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until sauce thickens about 2 minutes.

The sauce should coat the back of a spoon.

Crispy Fried Spinach

8 cups fresh spinach leaves

Oil for frying

1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic

1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger

1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

1 ½ teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

Wash and thoroughly dry spinach leaves.

Once oil is hot, fry on medium for 2-3 minutes until crispy. Use a slotted spoon to remove the spinach to a paper towel-lined plate.

Place ginger and garlic into the hot oil and fry for 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined


Transfer fried spinach, ginger, and garlic to a bowl.  Add toasted sesame seeds, sugar, and salt.

Toss to combine and place a little on top of each piece of fish.

Serve fish over creamy garlic mashed potatoes or creamy garlic grits. Ladle the lemon-garlic cream sauce over the top.  Add a little fried spinach and serve hot.