Only 7 ingredients and 20 minutes stand between you and this fresh sweet and savory orange basil butter sauce that’s drizzled over your favorite white fish and vegetables!
There aren’t a lot of seafood recipes on BHHY because I haven’t found very many stellar recipes.
It’s hard for me to find a fish recipe that is good enough for me to want to create over and over again.
I have the Blackened Flounder recipe that uses a homemade blackening spice to is on our easy weeknight schedule pretty regularly and I have an amazing Southern Seaside Crab Dip that knocks the socks off of anyone who tries it.
…but that’s it for seafood recipes.
And if it’s not good enough to make a dozen or more times for my family, it’s not tasty enough to belong on these pages.
…. until…. I started playing with orange basil butter sauces.
Then things got real…. real good, real quick.
Not gonna lie, when I started making this orange basil sauce I had no intention of drizzling it over fish.
Because it’s AHHHH-mazing over chicken.
But then I decided one night that I was going to be adventurous and try it over flounder filets that were in my fridge just daring me to try them….
INSANELY delicious idea.
I don’t know what it is about this orange basil butter sauce on top of these pieces of fish that takes it over the top.
Is it the creamy melted butter base?
Is it the sweet from the fresh-squeezed oranges and pinch of coconut sugar?
Is it the zesty freshness that the lemon and citrus pull out?
Is it the pretty presentation and the healthy meal concept?
How about the quick 20 minutes that it takes to pull this recipe together or the fact that you only need 7 ingredients?
Y’all I really don’t know which of these reasons should be your reason to try this orange basil butter sauce over your fish next time you are in the mood for seafood, but what I do know is you’re going to like it.
Tips for making your orange basil butter sauce over fish:
- Use your favorite pieces of white fish for this recipe. Flounder, tilapia, and cod have all worked deliciously for us.
- Make sure your coconut oil is hot before placing your filets in your skillet to cook.
- This recipe needs to be made with fresh basil leaves. Dried chopped basil will not do this dish any justice.
- Fresh squeezed oranges will taste much better than orange juice from the store but feel free to use bottled lemon juice for the little splash that is called for.
Orange Basil Butter Sauce Over Fish
Only 7 ingredients and 20 minutes stand between you and this fresh sweet and savory orange basil butter sauce that's drizzled over your favorite white fish and vegetables!
- 4 tilapia filets
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 3 TBSP butter
- 1.5 TBSP coconut sugar
- 2 medium oranges juiced
- 1 TBSP lemon juice
- 1/3 cup basil leaves chopped
In a large frying pan heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Place the filets in the bottom of the pan and cook for 4-6 minutes before flipping and cooking another 4-6 minutes on the other side. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and continue to fry until fully cooked.
While the fish is cooking, place the butter in the bottom of a medium sauce pan and allow to melt over medium heat. Add in the sugar and stir.
Add the orange and lemon juices to the melted butter and allow to simmer for 1-2 minutes. The sauce will reduce and seem slightly thicker.
Add in the basil leaves and remove the sauce from the heat for 1 minute. Pour the sauce over the tilapia filets and your favorite vegetables and enjoy!
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