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Lemon Butter Sauce

Lemon butter sauce with parsley is perfect for any white fish but I used skrei.

Skrei is a very special type of line-caught cod and is a much loved Norwegian delicacy.

Lemon butter sauce on cod

Lemon Butter Sauce for Fish

Skrei is an extremely tasty and firm fish that is fantastic simply pan-fried in a little butter and oil. It's ready in just a couple of minutes and it doesn't break up during cooking.

Here's my very simple recipe for pan-fried Skrei with lovely lemon butter and parsley sauce. The whole dish is ready in under 15 minutes from start to finish.

Lemon Butter Sauce goes well with any white fish but especially with pan-fried scallops.

Skrei Cod

Skrei is only available between January and April each year, Skrei is migratory and journeys thousands of miles annually from the Barents Sea to the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway to reproduce.

Thanks to this epic journey through icy, dark waters, Skrei has a lean, bright white firm flesh and is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, which makes it a hugely versatile, healthy and wholesome food.

Skrei Cod

Skrei is available in Harrods Food Halls, Booths or you can ask your local fishmonger.

To be Classified as SKREI® the fish needs to be

  • Caught fully grown - as a large mature cod before it has spawned (approx. five years old)
  • The skin needs to be immaculate, with no scratches, bruising or injuries.
  • Packaged within 12 hours of being caught.
  • Stored on ice at a temperature between 0° and 4° Celsius.
  • Whole, fresh SKREI® is required to have the SKREI® brand fastened to the forward dorsal fin and put in a branded SKREI® box.

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Yield: 2
Author: Jan Bennett
Lemon Butter Sauce

Lemon Butter Sauce

This sauce is good with any white fish, but it's especially good with pan-fried scallops.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 8 MinTotal time: 13 Min


  • 1 shallot - finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon double (heavy) cream
  • 120g unsalted butter - cut into cubes and kept cold in the fridge until needed
  • zest from a whole lemon and the juice from half the lemon
  • salt - just a pinch
  • cayenne pepper - a pinch or two
  • a few sprigs of fresh flat leaf parsley - leaves only and finely chopped


  1. Put the shallots into a pan with the wine, white wine vinegar and water and reduce to a quarter of the original amount. 
  2. This is important or your sauce will taste vinegary.
  3. Add the cream and boil for a minute.
  4. Now, whisk in the butter cubes a few at a time, keep whisking whilst taking the sauce on and off the heat and keep adding a bit more butter. 
  5. The sauce should look smooth and shiny but with no sign of an oily film.
  6. Now whisk in the lemon juice and zest and season to taste with a teeny bit of salt and a pinch or two of cayenne pepper. 
  7. Stir in the parsley
  8. Serve immediately over pan-fried Skrei or other white fish, it's especially good with pan-fried scallops.
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1 comment

  1. Hi NJThompson - I'm so sorry, I've just amended it!
    Thanks for pointing that out.
    Dangerous me lol


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