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rock fish with sauce on a white plate with green beans and lemon

Pan-Seared Rockfish with Creamy Dill Sauce

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2 (7-8 ounce) rockfish fillets

1/3 cup all purpose flour

Kosher salt and black pepper

4 tablespoons butter, divided

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 scallions, whites only, diced

1/3 cup white wine

3 tablespoons stock (vegetable or chicken)

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1/4 cup heavy cream

2-3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped


  1. Dry fish fillets well with a paper towel, then season both sides of the fish with salt and pepper. Dredge in flour, dusting off any excess. Heat one tablespoon of butter and two tablespoons of olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add coated rockfish fillets to the pan. Leave the fish undisturbed for about 4 minutes. Using a fork or thin fish spatula, check rockfish fillets for browning. Once golden brown, turn the fish in the pan, leaving to cook through. 
  2. Set your oven to warm or 250℉, to hold the fish fillets while you prepare the quick sauce for the rockfish recipe. Once the fish is golden brown on each side, gently move them to a baking dish or sheet pan and place in the oven. Wipe out the pan and return it to the burner. 
  3. Melt remaining 3 tablespoons of butter in the pan and add the diced scallion whites. Saute for 3-4 minutes, until tender and fragrant, but not browning. Add white wine to the pan, turning the heat up a bit to allow the wine to rapidly simmer and reduce, about 2 minutes. Add stock and Dijon mustard, whisking and simmering until slightly thickened. Reduce heat to low and add cream and fresh dill, whisking to combine and heat through. Taste and adjust seasoning. 
  4. To serve, plate golden brown rockfish fillets with creamy dill sauce and serve with lemon slices and more fresh herbs. 


If you prefer cooking without wine, substitute broth and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice for the wine.

Fresh soft herbs like tarragon, basil or chives are great substitutes for dill, if you're looking for another option!

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Easy Recipes
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American