Sautéed Flounder With Green Beans and Potatoes

Sautéed Flounder With Green Beans and Potatoes

Frank Stitt opened the Highlands Bar and Grill on a gritty street corner in Birmingham, Ala., in 1982, when most of the city’s elite still took its meals in country clubs and restaurant dining meant flambéed everything at the Hyatt downtown. His was a Southern cuisine married to French technique, which meant it was plain and simple as much as it was the exact opposite. This recipe, which Stitt gave to The Times in 2013, is a marvelous example, elegant and refined.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Using paper towels, pat the fish fillets dry and season with salt and pepper. In a pan large enough to hold all 4 fillets, or in two pans if not, heat the oil over moderately high heat until it is almost smoking, then add the fish, skin side up. Adjust heat to moderate, and cook until golden and crusted, approximately 4 minutes, then flip and continue cooking until the fish is almost done, approximately 3 minutes. Remove fish, and place on rack to keep warm.
  2. Step 2

    In another large pan, warm the butter over medium-high heat. When it is foaming, add potatoes, beans and shallots. Turn the heat to medium, and cook, tossing often, until the vegetables are slightly crispy, 3 to 4 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve with the flounder and sauce gribiche.
  3. Step 3

    In a bowl, mix all ingredients except parsley. Taste and adjust seasonings. When ready to serve, mix in parsley.