Fabulous Flounder Amandine
Crusty, nutty and thoroughly delicious, this is a new take on a classic. The mild taste of the flounder perfectly compliments the slivered almonds. And, while your guests will think you slaved over this for hours, it's actually a flash in the pan, in and out in under 20 minutes.
1/3 cup ground almonds
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
Salt and freshly ground pepper
4 small flounder fillets
1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten
About 2 tablespoons cold butter, preferably salted (you'll need more if you're cooking in batches)
Lemon wedges, for serving
Toasted sliced almonds, for garnish
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
Whisk the ground almonds, flour, and zest together, then season the mix with salt and pepper.
Pat the fish fillets dry and, using a pastry brush, lightly coat one side of each fillet with a little of the beaten yolk. (I coat the side that would have had skin.)
Dip the coated side of each fillet into the nut mixture.
Put 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, lower the heat, and cook for 3 minutes or so, until the coating is golden and the fish is cooked halfway through.
Season the exposed side of each fillet with salt and pepper, add another ½ tablespoon cold butter to the pan, and very gently turn the fillets over.
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 fillet a squirt of lemon juice, then scatter toasted almonds and parsley over them.
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