Flounder With Brown Butter, Lemon and Tarragon

Flounder With Brown Butter, Lemon and Tarragon

The flatfish family is comprised of numerous popular fish, including sole, halibut and flounder. But all the various boneless fillets are relatively interchangeable and can be prepared in more or less the same way, adjusting cooking time according to size. These pan-cooked fillets are quick, simple and elegant.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Put flour in a low bowl or pie plate and stir in a generous amount of salt and pepper and a pinch of cayenne.
  2. Step 2

    Place a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and tilt pan to coat bottom.
  3. Step 3

    Season the fillets lightly with salt and pepper. Dip each fillet quickly into flour mixture, shaking off excess flour.
  4. Step 4

    Lay fillets in skillet in one layer. Cook for about 2 minutes per side, until golden. Transfer cooked fish to a warm platter.
  5. Step 5

    Leave the heat at medium-high and add cold butter. Let butter sizzle until foamy and brown, but do not let it burn. Add lemon juice, parsley and chopped tarragon and swirl to incorporate.
  6. Step 6

    Spoon butter sauce over fish. Garnish with a few tarragon leaves and serve immediately with lemon wedges.