Almond Flounder Meunière

Almond flounder meunière uses baby flounder that is lightly breaded, cooked in brown butter, and sprinkled with toasted almonds. Try this Dorie Greenspan recipe when you want something quick but also super impressive.

Almond flounder meunière by Dorie Greenspan in a wooden serving dish topped with sliced almonds and lemon wedges on the side.

This almond flounder meunière recipe is an inventive crossbreeding of two classic dishes: sole amandine, in which the fish is finished with sautéed sliced almonds, and sole meunière, in which the fish, often whole, is sautéed in browned butter. In my version, I use baby flounder (easier to find in the market here than true sole), lightly coat the fillets with ground almonds, sauté them in browned butter, and serve them with toasted almonds and a sprinkling of parsley (borrowed from the meunière). It’s a marriage of equal partners, and one that I think would easily win familial approval on both sides of the aisle.

A word on quantity. Since I usually make this for my husband and myself, I’ve given you a recipe that serves two, but of course, the recipe can be multiplied. If you have to prepare the fillets in batches, though, it’s best to lightly cover the sautéed fillets and keep them in a 300°F oven while you fry the remaining fish, using a little extra butter for each subsequent batch.–Dorie Greenspan


As Dorie notes, baby flounder is easier to find than true sole—and, we’d like to add, it’s far, far less expensive. Although it’s not always labeled as “baby.” We’ve noticed, and our local fishmonger confirmed, that wee flounder fillets tend to be available mostly in January. If you have to swap a single slightly larger flounder fillet for two smaller ones, so be it. Simply add a minute (or maybe 3) to the final cooking time.

Almond Flounder

Almond flounder meunière in a wooden serving dish topped with sliced almonds and lemon wedges on the side.
Almond flounder meunière is an inventive mashup of two classic dishes–sole amandine and sole meunière. My version uses baby flounder that is lightly breaded, cooked in brown butter, and sprinkled with toasted almonds.

Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 25 mins
2 servings
366 kcal
5 / 5 votes
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  • 1/3 cup ground almonds
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Grated zest of 1/2 lemon plus lemon wedges for serving
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 baby flounder fillets (about 3 ounces each)
  • 1 large egg yolk lightly beaten in a small bowl
  • About 2 tablespoons cold butter preferably salted
  • Toasted sliced almonds for garnish
  • Chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves for garnish


  • Whisk the ground almonds, flour, and zest together and season with salt and pepper.
  • Pat the fish fillets dry. Set up the fish, the egg yolk, and the ground almonds assembly-line fashion.
  • Using a pastry brush, lightly coat one side of each fillet with a little of the beaten egg yolk. (Dorie likes to coat the side that previously had skin.) Dip the coated side of each fillet into the nut mixture.
  • Place a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the butter and a small pinch of salt, if your butter isn’t salted, and cook the butter until it turns light brown, about 3 minutes. Slip the fillets into the skillet, nut-side down, without crowding the skillet. Reduce the heat and cook until the coating is golden and the fish is cooked halfway through, 3 minutes or so.
  • Season the exposed side of each fillet with salt and pepper, add another 1/2 tablespoon cold butter to the pan, and very gently turn the fillets. Cook, spooning some of the browned butter over the fillets once or twice, until the fish is opaque throughout, about 2 minutes more. If it looks like the pan is dry, add a little more butter.
  • Give each flounder fillet a squirt of lemon juice, then scatter over some toasted almonds and parsley. Have more lemon wedges at the table so you can give the fish another squeeze or two if needed.
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Serving: 1servingCalories: 366kcal (18%)Carbohydrates: 7g (2%)Protein: 27g (54%)Fat: 26g (40%)Saturated Fat: 9g (56%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 199mg (66%)Sodium: 608mg (26%)Potassium: 289mg (8%)Fiber: 2g (8%)Sugar: 1g (1%)Vitamin A: 529IU (11%)Calcium: 90mg (9%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

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Recipe Testers’ Reviews

My husband and I really like sole meunière, but our favorite recipe for it has an astounding amount of butter in it. Although it would make Julia Child very happy, I’m not comfortable making it too often. We made this almond flounder meunière recipe with sole. It does not call for much butter. What it does have is ground almonds, which are a lovely addition to the flour and lemon zest.

As I tend to love all things lemon, I used the zest from the whole lemon mixed into the flour, as well as all of the juice at the end. This was a lovely dish, which was also easy to throw together. It felt like I was eating a tad bit healthier. I look forward to trying it again.

Originally published November 8, 2010



  1. 5 stars
    As if I needed another reason to love Dorie Greenspan! We adored this impressive yet easy fish dish and served it alongside a freekeh tabbouleh salad and some braised kale with tomatoes. The combination of almond flour with AP flour gives the fish a nice crunch when browned, but also a nice toasted nut flavor. This recipe made me pull this cookbook from my shelf again and dog-ear more of Dorie’s fabulous recipes!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner tonight. It was quick, easy, elegant, and affordable. That checks off most of my boxes!

  3. 5 stars
    Wonderful. I didn’t have any lemons around but I made it according to instructions otherwise. (Well, I used swai fillets and arrowroot powder rather than flour, as I’m gluten free. But other than that…!)

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe is always a big hit! My step-daughter, who doesn’t usually like fish, loves it. What more need I say? I don’t eat fish (I’m vegan) but from the cook’s perspective, it’s very easy to make. Thank you!

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