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Pan-Fried Flounder with Lemon Butter Sauce

Jonathan Waxman's recipe for crisp flounder is simple and delicious. The keys, he says, are to get flounder from a reliable source and to concentrate while cooking it. "Get the flounder too hot and it turns to mush, too cool and it goes rubbery." He then drizzles the fish with a tangy Meyer lemon–butter sauce.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 2 large egg yolks

  • 1/2 cup whole milk

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup plain dry bread crumbs

  • Kosher salt

  • Four 5-ounce flounder or sole fillets

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons lemon or Meyer lemon juice, plus wedges for serving

  • Parsley leaves, for garnish


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the milk. Spread the flour and bread crumbs in 2 separate shallow bowls and season with salt.
  2. Dredge the fish in the flour, dusting off the excess. Dip the fish in the egg mixture, then dredge in the bread crumbs. Transfer to a large plate.
  3. In a 12-inch cast-iron skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add 2 fish fillets and cook over moderate heat, turning once, until golden and white throughout, about 6 minutes. Transfer the fish to plates. Wipe out the skillet and repeat with another 2 tablespoons of butter and the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and fish.
  4. Wipe out the skillet. Whisk in the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter and the 2 tablespoons of lemon juice; season with salt. Spoon the sauce over the fish, garnish with parsley and serve with lemon wedges.
Contributed By Photo © Fredrika Stjärne Published July 2014

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