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Sautéed Tilapia with Lemon-Peppercorn Pan Sauce


This piquant sauce is perfect over plain white fish. Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the brightest flavor. Serve with white rice.

CALORIES 282 (26% from fat); FAT 8.3g (sat 3.2g,mono 2g,poly 2.1g); IRON 1.5mg; CHOLESTEROL 92mg; CALCIUM 43mg; CARBOHYDRATE 15.3g; SODIUM 739mg; PROTEIN 35g; FIBER 0.8g

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  • 3/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons drained brine-packed green peppercorns, lightly crushed
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 (6-ounce) tilapia or sole fillets
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • Lemon wedges (optional)


Servings 2


Step 1

Combine first 3 ingredients.
Melt 1 teaspoon of butter with oil in a large nonstick skillet over low heat.
While butter melts, sprinkle fish fillets with salt and black pepper. Place the flour in a shallow dish. Dredge fillets in flour; shake off excess flour.
Increase heat to medium-high; heat 2 minutes or until butter turns golden brown. Add fillets to pan; sauté 3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Remove fillets from pan. Add broth mixture to pan, scraping to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil; cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 3 minutes). Remove from heat. Stir in two teaspoons of butter with a whisk. Serve sauce over fillets. Garnish with lemon wedges, if desired.

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