Almond flounder meunière is an inventive mashup of two classic dishes – sole amandine and sole meunière. This version from Dorie Greenspan uses baby flounder that is lightly breaded, cooked in brown butter, and sprinkled with toasted almonds.
LC Floundering for Flounder Note
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.
- Quick Glance
- 25 M
- 25 M
- Makes 2 servings
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.
Recipe Testers' Tips
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 am not comfortable making it too often. We made this recipe with sole. This recipe does not use 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.