Easy 10-Minute Lemon-Butter Grouper Fish Tacos

I made this recipe with no intention of blogging about it. Just a family dinner that was going to be eaten and likely forgotten about.

Until my daughter told me it was the best dinner of her life.

Easy 10-Minute Lemon-Butter Grouper Fish Tacos - Fast, fresh, and healthy! An easy fish taco recipe everyone loves! Lemony, buttery fish with a honey mustard-lemon sauce on top! Perfect for busy nights because they're so quick!!

Sometimes I think she’s exaggerating and next month there may be a new best-of-my-life, but for this month I’ll take the compliment and share the recipe.

Fish and lemon go hand-in-hand and the grouper is simply prepared by searing it in butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper. When fish is fresh and tasty I think it’s a disservice to do too much to it and mask the natural flavors. Simple, clean, and easy is the way to go and it stays healthier that way.

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If you’ve never tried grouper it’s a firm, extra lean, flaky, white fish that’s mild in flavor. It’s a non-fishy-tasting fish, perfect for kids or those who are picky about fish.

Easy 10-Minute Lemon-Butter Grouper Fish Tacos - Fast, fresh, and healthy! An easy fish taco recipe everyone loves! Lemony, buttery fish with a honey mustard-lemon sauce on top! Perfect for busy nights because they're so quick!!

I made the fish while on vacation and it’s a one-skillet recipe that’s ready in 10 minutes and there are planned leftovers.

I served the grouper with rice and a simple salad the first night. The second night I sliced it for fish tacos complete with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and a whisk-together honey mustard-lemon sauce. Lots of very clean plate club members which made me happy.

Easy 10-Minute Lemon-Butter Grouper Fish Tacos - Fast, fresh, and healthy! An easy fish taco recipe everyone loves! Lemony, buttery fish with a honey mustard-lemon sauce on top! Perfect for busy nights because they're so quick!!

Easy 10-Minute Lemon-Butter Grouper Fish Tacos - Fast, fresh, and healthy! An easy fish taco recipe everyone loves! Lemony, buttery fish with a honey mustard-lemon sauce on top! Perfect for busy nights because they're so quick!!

Easy 10-Minute Lemon-Butter Grouper Fish Tacos

Fish and lemon go hand-in-hand and the grouper is simply prepared by searing it in butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Simple, clean, easy, and healthy. If you’ve never tried grouper it’s a firm, extra lean, flaky, white fish that’s mild in flavor. It’s a non-fishy-tasting fish, perfect for kids or those who are picky about fish. It’s a one-skillet recipe that’s ready in 10 minutes and there are planned leftovers. I served the grouper with rice and a simple salad the first night. The second night I sliced it for fish tacos complete with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and a whisk-together honey mustard-lemon sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • flour, for lightly dredging and coating fish
  • 2 large grouper filets (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • juice of 1 lemon, about 3 to 4 tablespoons
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • taco or fajita shells
  • 1 cup romaine or iceburg lettuce, chopped
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterrey Jack, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup grainy dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. To a large skillet, add the butter and heat over medium-high heat to melt butter.
  2. Dredge fish through flour, coating both sides.
  3. Add fish to skillet, season with salt and pepper, and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes on first side, or until nicely seared and lightly golden browned.
  4. Flip fish, season with salt and pepper, squeeze the lemon over the fish (use caution because the lemon juice will bubble up when it hits the hot skillet) and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes on second side, or until fish is lightly golden browned on both sides and cooked through. Serve immediately if desired.
  5. To make the fish tacos,  lightly warm each taco shell momentarily on a dry skillet over medium-high heat before adding lettuce, sliced fish, sprinkling with tomatoes, and cheese; set aside while you make the sauce.
  6. To a small bowl, add the mustard, honey, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and whisk to combine. Taste, check for flavor balance, and make any desired tweaks. Drizzle sauce over tacos and serve immediately. Fish will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 3 days and sauce will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 1 week.
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20 comments on “Easy 10-Minute Lemon-Butter Grouper Fish Tacos”

  1. These just scream fresh summer food! The honey mustard sauce sounds good too for something a little different than the usual taco flavors. I love grouper (and snapper) but it’s a little hard to find here so it’s always something I get frequently whenever I’m in the Caribbean. Nothing like fresh caught!

    • Ha! I may have made this dinner while in the Caribbean :) I went to the fish counter and was going to buy salmon because it’s one of my daughter’s usual faves but after seeing the price, the grouper was about 1/4th the cost and she ended up loving it just as much!

  2. Grouper is a favorite of mine. I love going to the beach and getting a fried grouper sandwich by the water. Nothing says summer more than that!
    And putting it into fish tacos is just as delicious. Great recipe!

  3. My hubs and I fell in LOVE with Grouper when we first had it in the Bahamas awhile back, and we actually haven’t had it since. This recipe totally reminded me that I need to make it again, especially when it only takes 10 mins! Pinned!

  4. Oh, man. For someone who normally isn’t the hugest fish fan, you’ve totally convinced me with these gorgeous tacos! I can usually be persuaded by anything with the words “10-minute” and taco in the same sentence. ;) Gotta try these for dinner asap!

  5. These look incredible! I love fish tacos!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  6. If only Jordan said that to me about dinners!!! Unless it’s takeout I’ve never heard those words, lol. I need to remember my Costco fish in the freezer more often, it’s the perfect quick dinner!

    • Funny because I had written this post/made the recipe awhile back and I had to keep juggling my posting schedule and when I read what I wrote about ‘best dinner ever’ it’s good I wrote that when I did because I never would have remembered it otherwise!

      Thanks for pinning, too :)

  7. These look so good!! I love fish tacos, abd a 10 minute, 1 pan meal? Yes, please!!

  8. Don’t you just love it when easy recipes that you just throw together for a family dinner turn into something better than what you expected? We love easy fish recipes, as we try to eat fish at least once a week, so quick and easy ideas are always welcomed in our house, especially when they are that good looking!

  9. I feel like that always happens to us on vacation.. maybe it’s the change of scenery that gets the creative juices flowing?! Either way, these fish tacos look amazing.. pinned! :)

  10. That for sure is a great compliment from your daughter! The fish looks perfectly cooked! :-)

  11. Living along the gulf of mexico, grouper is always within our reach. I’ve just never heard of it this way, but it looks and sounds amazing! Don’t you love it when your kids compliment like that?! It’s the best! :-)

  12. These sound like cheesey veg heaven! Love this dinner idea, might have to make a trip to the grocery store for tonight!!!

  13. Anytime my family raves over a meal, it’s definitely “blog worthy” as my family would say.

  14. I have to be honest; I usually come to your blog for your dessert recipes. They are all so delicious, but when I saw this recipe come into my inbox I had to try it.
    Our family loved it! It was very kid friendly and delicious!!

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you! This isn’t a recipe that gets a lot of comments on it from people who’ve made it so I really appreciate you coming back to let me know. And of course for following along with my dessert recipes too :)

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