Looking for an easy seafood dinner? Look no further. This Flounder Recipe is the perfect balance of delicate fish smothered in a vegetable sauce. Flounder is a mild white fish that cooks quickly, so this is a perfect recipe for a busy weeknight!
You’ll love this flaky white fish recipe that pairs perfectly with the vegetable sauce. This restaurant quality meal will wow even those who aren’t big on seafood. The sauce keeps the fish moist and is an interesting way to mix up your basic seafood routine.
This recipe comes together in one pan so it requires minimal cleanup. With a total time of fewer than 30 minutes, this is a hit on those busy weeknights.
- Flounder- for this flounder recipe, we use fresh flounder filets, cut in half (or, you can keep them whole).
- Vegetables- use a combination of grated carrot, diced tomatoes, onion, and red bell pepper for the best texture in the sauce.
- Chicken broth- brings the flavors of the sauce together.
- Seasonings- salt, pepper, and paprika are classic seasonings that are used for this dish. The minced garlic also adds great flavor to the sauce.
- Oil and butter- use butter to fry the flounder and saute vegetables in canola or olive oil.
HOW TO MAKE FLOUNDER RECIPE:
- Mix seasonings: First, combine a teaspoon of salt, paprika, and some black pepper in a small bowl
- Prep flounder: Pat the fish dry and cut flounder filets in half, or keep them whole if you prefer. Season each filet on both sides with the prepared seasoning mixture.
- Prep vegetables: You’ll need to grate carrots, diced tomatoes, peppers, and onion.
- Cook flounder: Melt butter in a large skillet and add flounder fillets. Saute for 3-4 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the filets. Remove from pan and cover to keep warm.
- Prepare vegetable sauce: Add oil to the same pan. Add the onions and saute onions for 2 minutes, add carrot and saute another 2 minutes, then add peppers and cook for another 3 minutes. Then, add tomatoes, chicken broth, garlic, and the remaining seasoning. Saute over medium heat until vegetables are tender.
- Add flounder: add cooked flounder to the sauce and cook just until warmed through.
- Serve and Enjoy!
Chef’s Tip: Serve with a sprinkle of fresh parsley or cilantro and a squeeze of lemon juice for garnish, optional.
SUBSTITUTES AND VARIATIONS:
- Change fish: If you can’t find flounder, halibut, sole, or place can be used instead. Look for thinner cuts of white fish for this recipe.
- Use canned tomatoes: You can dice your own tomatoes or use ¾ of a cup of diced tomatoes if you don’t have fresh tomatoes on hand.
- Add wine: Try adding a bit of white wine instead of chicken broth for even more phenomenal flavor.
This recipe comes together quickly, so make sure to have sides ready to go! Here are some sides ideas:
- Serve with some creamy Mashed Potatoes, with Rice, or even buttered pasta!
- Try with these amazing Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits or the Homemade Breadsticks.
- Though this recipe is already loaded with veggies, feel free to add side vegetables like Roasted Broccoli or some Asparagus.
- Serve with a side salad like our favorite Caesar Salad.
Frequently asked questions-
Flounder is a mild, saltwater fish high in vitamin B12 and omega-3 fats. It also contains magnesium and phosphorus, which are important to include in a well-balanced diet. Plus, it is high in protein and low in calories, so it is a perfect addition to your weekly meal plan.
Flounder is a delicate fish that cooks quickly! Make sure not to overcook by cooking just until the inside of the fish reaches a temperature of 140-145 degrees F. When you pierce fish with a fork in the thickest spot and twist gently, it should flake easily when done.
You can use frozen flounder. Make sure to thaw completely and pat dry before cooking.
Yes. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Place seasoned flounder in a baking dish and bake for 15-25 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fillets. Prepare sauce as directed and add baked flounder to the skillet and serve.
STORE & REHEAT:
- Store: Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.
- Reheat: Place in a skillet until just warmed through or place in a microwave.
- Freezing: We do not recommend freezing this recipe. The textures of the sauce and fish will change if frozen, so this meal is best enjoyed fresh.
MORE SEAFOOD RECIPES TO TRY:
Flounder Recipe with Vegetables
- In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper, and paprika for the seasoning.
- Cut the flounder into half if desired, or keep fillet whole and season on both sides with about 3/4 of the seasoning.
- In a frying pan add the butter and flounder. Saute for about 3-4 minutes flipping halfway through cooking. Remove flounder from skillet, cover to keep warm.
- In the same skillet, add oil with onion. Sautee for 2 minutes, add the carrot sautee another 2 minutes. Add the pepper and cook for another 3 minutes, stirring as needed.
- Add tomatoes, broth, garlic and remaining seasoning. Sautee on medium heat 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Add flounder back, cook until flounder is warm.