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Lemon Butter Flounder Fillets

Prep Time:

10 minutes

Cook Time:

2 to 5 minutes



About the Recipe

Introducing a SunFish Market test kitchen exclusive recipe, the Lemon Butter Flounder Fillets, a culinary masterpiece that celebrates the subtlety and richness of the sea. This recipe is a harmonious blend of zesty lemon and creamy butter, creating a sauce that perfectly complements the delicate flavor and texture of our flounder. It's an exquisite choice for a refined yet simple-to-prepare meal, whether for a quiet dinner or a sophisticated gathering. Transform your dining experience into a gourmet affair with this simple yet stunning dish.

The Ingredients

• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

• 2 to 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter

• 4 flounder fillets

• Kosher salt

• Freshly ground black pepper

• 2 cloves garlic, minced 

• Juice and zest of 1 lemon

The Method

Step 1

Pat the fish dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Pat the fillets dry a second time just to be sure to remove all the moisture.

Step 2

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the oil shimmers but isn’t smoking, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Add the fillets to the skillet and cook, without moving, for 2 minutes. When ready, carefully flip the fish. If it seems impossible to slip the spatula beneath the fillet, wait 30 to 60 seconds or so and try again. The fish will release when it’s ready–and only when it’s ready.

Step 3

Place a thin slice of butter on top of each fish fillet and let the butter melt over the fish. Cook the fish for an additional 2 minutes or so. Transfer the fish to a platter or to 4 plates.

Step 4

Carefully squeeze the lemon juice into the skillet and, with the skillet still over medium-high heat, use a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the skillet. Stir in minced garlic and a 1/2 tablespoon of butter and sauté until garlic is fragrant.  Spoon the sauce over the fish.

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