Tarragon Fish Walnut Brown Butter Sauce

Fish with Tarragon Brown Butter Sauce
Fish with Tarragon Brown Butter Sauce. Getty
  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4

​​This incredibly easy tarragon walnut brown butter sauce recipe will go beautifully with almost any fresh fish. The French word for this sauce is "beurre noisette" and while it tastes gourmet, it's very simple and fast to put together. These types of brown butter sauces can also be served on chicken or grilled vegetables.

What You'll Need

  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh 
  • tarragon
  • 2 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 (6-oz each) boneless white fish fillets (like cod, bass, 
  • tilapia, or sole)

How to Make It

  1. Put the butter in a small saucepan and melt over medium heat. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the butter begins to take on a light-brown color and gets a nutty aroma.
  2. Add the walnuts and cook for one minute.
  3. Pour in the lemon juice, turn up to high heat and bring to a boil.
  4. Turn off the heat and add the tarragon, salt, and fresh ground black pepper to taste and set aside.
  5. Season the fish fillets with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.
  1. Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat and cook on both sides until opaque throughout.
  2. Serve hot with the butter sauce spooned over.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 180
Total Fat 15 g
Saturated Fat 6 g
Unsaturated Fat 5 g
Cholesterol 47 mg
Sodium 98 mg
Carbohydrates 2 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 10 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)