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Enjoy eating mild, white, flakey fish? This recipe is for you. We used fresh-caught whitefish for this recipe, caught from the beautiful waters on Flathead Lake in Northwest Montana, but this recipe compliments any fish similar to a whitefish (i.e., tilapia, cod). This recipe is quick, easy, and perfect for a casual week-day meal with the family, or can be dressed up with sides for a weekend dinner party.

*recipe derived/modified from thelemonbowl.com


  • 4, ~ 6oz fish filets (whitefish, cod, tilapia)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 lemon, zested and thinly sliced


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a bowl, mix softened butter, garlic, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and lemon zest.
  • Spray 9×13″ baking dish with nonstick spray and place fish filets in a single layer.
  • Brush butter mixture onto top of fish evenly, then top fish with lemon slices.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, until fish is soft and flakes easily with fork.
Butter mixture
Whitefish filets
Butter mixture on whitefish filets
Lemon slices placed – ready for the oven
Fresh out of the oven
Ready to enjoy!
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