Orange Roughy with Lemon, Garlic and Basil

Orange Roughy with Lemon, Garlic and Basil

We are trying to eat more fish & this orange roughy with lemon, garlic, and basil is always a hit. It’s a healthy and easy recipe, and the simple flavors of lemon, garlic & basil all combine well together. The fish paired nicely with a tossed salad and couscous.

How to Make Orange Roughy with Lemon, Garlic, and Basil:


  • 3 fillets of Orange Roughy (halibut or cod would work too)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil or 1-2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Combine the above ingredients in a large zip lock bag making sure to mix them thoroughly. Marinate for 2-4 hours. Only add the zest for marinating…don’t add lemon juice until you are cooking the meal because the acid in the lemon will start to cook the fish.

Remaining Ingredients:

  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Spray a glass baking dish with cooking spray.

Add the lemon juice to the fish in the bag. Combine ingredients well then pour into the baking dish; add bits of butter to the top of the fish.

Cover with lid or tin foil and cook for 10-12 minutes per 1-inch thickness. Garnish with chopped parsley, lemon zest & lemon slices. Enjoy.


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  1. I’m trying to eat more fish too. This recipe looks simple and delicious. I’ll definitely give it a try.

  2. I love cooking fish in this way. It keeps it so fresh and delicious and really allows the natural flavors to be enjoyed properly. Your version looks wonderful!

  3. Tried this tonight and it was excellent! Didn’t have fresh parsley so I used fresh rosemary at the end to garnish and it turned out delicious! My whole family loved it!