Want to make chicken and fish dinners quick and easy? Mix up a batch of herb butter to keep in the freezer. It creates an instant, delicious sauce.
I’m coming to realize more and more that great tasting meals don’t need to be complicated. They don’t need a laundry list of ingredients. They don’t need hours of preparation.
In fact, in order to eat well, you just need a handful of good quality, whole foods ingredients. Vary the side dishes, include herbs and spices and a hearty portion of vegetables, and you’re pretty good to go.
Take fish for instance. In many cultures, it’s a humble food, there for the catching. As long as you have good quality fish and some simple ingredients, you can make it taste like food fit for a king.
This herb butter is a great accompaniment to simply cooked fish. So much so that I recently turned three fish-hating kiddos into fish-lovers.
I didn’t do anything complex. I simply seasoned tilapia with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and fried it simply in a pan with some olive oil. Once it was cooked, I dabbed on some of this herb butter. The butter melted into an instance sauce. Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice, the kids were hooked and asking when I would make it again!
A compound herb butter like this one is super easy to make. Just mix herbs and spices into softened butter, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm. When you’re ready to serve, just slice a few pats and add them to hot fish, chicken, vegetables, or noodles. The butter melts into an instant sauce.
This is a great recipe to include in your next round of freezer cooking. As we approach grilling (and fishing) season, you don’t need to get all complex in your cooking. Quite the contrary. Make things good, simple, and delicious, with just a dab of herb butter!
We’ve enjoyed this herb butter on tilapia, mahi mahi, and egg noodles. It’s been delicious every time — and oh so easy!
Herb Butter for Fish or Chicken
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1 lemon, zested
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp dried dill
- 1/4 tsp dried tarragon
- In a small bowl combine the butter, lemon zest, sea salt, paprika, dill, and tarragon until the fully incorporated. Lay out a small piece of plastic wrap. Spoon the butter into a long line. Wrap the plastic wrap around the butter, forming a tight cyclinder. Chill until firm.
- To serve, slice the butter cylinder into 8 slices and place atop hot cooked fish or chicken. The butter will melt, creating an instant herb sauce.
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