March 25, 2024

Lemon Garlic Branzino with Olives + Capers

Lemon Garlic Branzino
Lemon Garlic Branzino with Olives + Capers: This unbelievably simple dish features stunningly flaky branzino (also known as European sea bass) bathed in a vibrant lemon-garlic sauce, bursting with briny olives and tangy capers. It's a restaurant-worthy meal you can prepare at home in under 30 minutes!
Why You'll Savor This Lemon Garlic Branzino:
• Light + Flaky Fish: Branzino boasts a mild, slightly sweet flavor and a delicate, flaky texture, making it a true star of the dish.
• Bright & Zesty: The lemon-garlic sauce adds a delightful acidity and aroma, perfectly complementing the richness of the fish.
• Salty Accents: Calvestrano olives and capers deliver bursts of briny flavor that enhance the overall taste profile.
• Simple Elegance: This dish is visually stunning and requires minimal ingredients, making it perfect for a special occasion or a delightful weeknight meal.
• Gluten-Free & Customizable: Naturally gluten-free, this recipe allows for easy customization. Add your favorite vegetables like cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, or asparagus for a personalized touch.
Nervous about cooking Branzino? Here are some Tips + Tricks:
• Ask your fishmonger to scale, debone, and prepare the branzino fillets for you if desired.
• Don't overcook the fish! Branzino cooks quickly, so watch it closely to avoid drying out.
• Substitute other types of olives like Kalamata olives for a different flavor profile.
• Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat gently to avoid overcooking the fish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 4


  • 4 branzino fillets
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained from their liquid
  • ¼ cups pitted green olives, like calvestrano, drained
  • ¼ cup feta cheese, broken into chunks


  • Preheat oven to 425F with rack on lower middle position. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Place the branzino fillets on the sheet pan and pat dry with a paper towel. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, parsley, capers, and olives.
  • Pour the butter mixture over the branzino fillets. Sprinkle the feta chunks around on the pan around the fish.
  • Roast in oven for 8 minutes. Quickly remove fish from oven, move oven rack to upper position, and place fish under the broiler. Broil on high for 3 minutes, watching closely and rotating the pan as needed.
  • Serve immediately with any extra lemon butter sauce.
Keyword 30 minute meal, Dairy-free, fish, healthy, sheet pan meal
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