Browned Butter Fish & Shrimp


My inspiration for this incredibly tasty Browned Butter Fish & Shrimp comes from Longhorn Steakhouse. Jimmie’s birthday was last month and we always try to celebrate by gathering the whole family for a delicious dinner out. Whoever is having the birthday gets to pick. Most recently, Bradley picked Blue Agave, one of our favorite Mexican restaurants. Zac picked Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill, the best place in town for great Cajun cuisine. Longhorn Steakhouse is new to us, so that’s what Jimmie chose. I was so looking forward to a beautiful ribeye steak, but when I saw the picture of the tilapia and shrimp, I had to try it.Incredibly Tasty Browned Butter Fish & Shrimp #Whole30 #Paleo #LowCarb | Culinary CraftinessBoy was I glad I did! I can’t even begin to describe to you the amazing flavor of browned butter on meats and vegetables (and pumpkin seeds), or how incredibly tasty it made the bed of rice with each bite of shrimp and/or fish. You simply must try it to understand what I’m talking about.

I believe you’ll love this dish as much as we do!Incredibly Delicious Browned Butter Fish & Shrimp #Whole30 #Paleo #LowCarb | Culinary Craftiness

It’s really easy to make Browned Butter Fish & Shrimp and you can use whatever kind of fish is your favorite – preferably not farm raised which may be misleadingly listed as “wild.” The same with shrimp. It may safe “Gulf” on the label, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s shrimp caught in the wild.

You can experiment with adding your favorite herbs to the fish and shrimp, but the browned butter is something special all on its own.

To make this Browned Butter Fish & Shrimp completely Whole30 or Paleo compliant, switch out the rice for cauliflower rice. It’ll be just as fabulous.

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Browned Butter Fish & Shrimp

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Total Time: 37 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Serving Size: 1 fillet

Browned Butter Fish & Shrimp

Created by Melissa Woolard | Culinary Craftiness


  • 4-8 fish fillets
  • 1-2 lbs. uncooked shrimp, thawed, deveined & peeled
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2-3 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Sea salt & pepper
  • 2 cups cooked rice or cauliflower rice


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a jellyroll pan with foil.
  2. Arrange the fish on the pan and lightly sprinkle both sides of each with salt, pepper, and parsley.
  3. Melt one stick of butter and evenly pour over all the fillets. Top each fillet with one slice of lemon. The butter will become nicely browned in the oven.
  4. If adding the shrimp to the baking sheet, toss uncooked shrimp with a little sea salt, pepper, parsley, and the other stick of melted butter. Spread around fish fillets.
  5. Bake in oven for 20-22 minutes, or until shrimp are pink and curled up, and the fish fillets are white and flaky.
  6. Alternatively, you can sauté the shrimp in one of the sticks of butter that has been browned first. In a skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the milk solids brown and fall to the bottom of the pan. Add the shrimp, sea salt, pepper, and parsley and stir coat in the butter and mix in the seasonings. Continue cooking the shrimp for about 5-7 minutes or until all are pink and white (no longer grey) and curled up. Overcooking can cause them to become rubbery and chewy. Add the lemon juice.
  7. Place about a 1/2 cup of rice or cauliflower rice on each plate and top with one fillet and several pieces of shrimp. Spoon extra butter from the baking sheet or skillet over all.
Incredibly Delicious Browned Butter Fish & Shrimp #Whole30 #Paleo #LowCarb | Culinary CraftinessIncredibly Delicious Browned Butter Fish & Shrimp #Whole30 #Paleo #LowCarb | Culinary Craftiness





4 Replies to “Browned Butter Fish & Shrimp”

    • I worry, too. It’s not easy to find wild caught anything these days and when you do, it costs an arm and a leg to feed a big family. This dish is incredibly delicious and worth it though. 🙂

      • What does it matter if its “wild caught”? its actually irresponsible to seek this out. I live in San Diego, close to Baja Mexico, which have some of the best fish farming in the world.

        • I’ve seen some horror stories on fish farms. If only I could trust that the tilapia or swai fillets in my local supermarkets came from awesome fisheries. Any particular brand name I could look for? Thanks for commenting, Mark!

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