Pan-seared branzino with sauteed tomatoes & jalapeno is a delicious, 30-minute meal that will elevate your weeknight dinners. Serve it with a side of pasta, smashed potatoes or couscous for an easy, well-rounded dinner.
Pan-seared Branzino with Tomatoes & Jalapenos
If you’re in need of a 30-minute dinner that feels fancy but is so easy to make, this recipe is for you. Pan-seared branzino with sauteed tomatoes, shallots & jalapenos comes together so easily and is sure to elevate your weeknight dinners.
I’ve been loving the frozen branzino fillets from Trader Joe’s whenever I want to change up my usual salmon dishes. The fillets are lightly seasoned with salt and pepper, then topped with a sauteed tomato dip made with grape tomatoes, shallots, garlic and jalapeno.
It’s fresh, zesty and is such a good dish to serve with warm bread.
What you’ll need to make Branzino with Tomatoes
- Branzino fillets– depending on the size, you can use 2-3 fillets for this recipe
- Grape tomatoes– for an extra pop of color, I used colorful tomatoes
- Jalapeno– the jalapeno is optional, but I love the added spice
- Shallots & garlic– a couple of aromatics for added flavor
- Lemon juice– the zesty juice adds delicious flavor to the fish
- Olive oil– extra virgin olive oil is key for this recipe
- Salt & pepper– I always prefer flakey salt and fresh cracked black pepper
The Best Ways to Prepare Branzino
There are a few cooking methods to prepare the fish, but I personally prefer pan-searing the fish in olive oil for a little added crisp.
- Pan-fry the fish: heat a skillet on medium heat then add in some olive oil or butter. Add in the branzino skin side down and cook the fish on medium heat for about 3-4 minutes, then flip the fish over and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
- Air-fry the fish: place the fish fillets on your air-fryer rack- I like to set a piece of parchment paper underneath to prevent sticking. Air-fry the fillets on 400 F for about 8 minutes
- Bake the fish. Season the branzino fillets with salt & pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Bake them in a 400 F degree oven for about 10 minutes, then set them under the broiler for the last 2 minutes.
The spicy and zesty tomato dip is the perfect addition to the branzino fillets. It’s a fresh & vibrant dish that the whole family will love!