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Pan-Fried John Dory With Smoked Paprika Butter Recipe

John Dory fried in olive oil and butter is a great dish as is, but a dash of smoked paprika adds extra colour and flavour.
Keyword John Dory
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • butter, softened
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 John Dory fillets
  • salt, to season
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges


  • Combine the butter and paprika and set aside. Heat a large frying pan until very hot and add the olive oil. Season the fish well with salt and add the fillets to the pan, skin side down, pressing firmly with a fish press or the back of a spatula for a minute or so to stop the fillet curling.
  • Cook for about 2 minutes, then flip and add the paprika butter to the pan, basting the fish with it as it melts. Cook for a further 2 minutes until the fish is just cooked and the butter foamy. Remove from the pan and serve immediately with wedges of lemon.