Wild Flounder Two Ways

Now I won't say this is my prettiest post as the pictures are not all that (my photographer was in Vegas at the time) but let me tell you a thing or two before you take a look. My mother and I love Costco as all good and patriotic Americans should. One of my favorite things to get there is the fish. Whether it be the Salmon or the Whole Fresh Bronzino or my personal fave, the Wild Flounder. If you are not buying this fish when you go to Costco you are doing yourself a huge disservice. Since we love to buy it we are always on the lookout for how to prepare it. So below I will demonstrate one heathy way to prepare it as well as one amazingly delicious unhealthy way to prepare it. I'll let you decide which to make, however one is deep fried so I don't think I'll need to convince you much. Well start with the healthy to feel better about ourselves... Let's get cooking!

Seriously Zesty Lemon Infused Wild Flounder

1 Lb. Wild Flounder in pieces, bones removed
1 Lemon, zested and thinly sliced
1 Tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Freshly Cracked Salt and Pepper 
1/4 Cup Panko Crumbs (optional)
1 Tsp. Parsley Flakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Zest the whole Lemon and than slice it into thin rounds. In a Baking dish sprayed with cooking spray layer the lemons so there will be one under each piece of fish. Next layer the Flounder on top of the lemon slices. Top with a drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, the Zest of the Lemon, Salt, Pepper, Panko Crumbs and Parsley Flakes. Bake for about 12-15 minutes. The Flounder will be tender and scrumptious. 

Is it still healthy if we ate the whole thing? I hope so...

Seriously Killer Beer-Battered and Deep Fried Wild Flounder

1 Lb. Wild Flounder, cut into small pieces
Vegetable Oil
1 Bottle of Beer (any regular beer will be fine)
1 1/2 Cups of Flour
1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
1 Tsp. Paprika
Freshly Cracked Salt and Pepper

In a Small/Medium sized pot add Vegetable oil 3/4 of the way up the sides. Keep at a Medium/High heat. In the meantime add the bottle of Beer to a Medium sized bowl. Sift the flour into the bowl with the beer. Whisk together for about 30 seconds. Next add the Garlic Powder, Paprika, Salt and Pepper. Put the Flounder into the Beer Batter. Once your Oil is ready for frying slowly lower the fish into the oil. You want to leave the fish only halfway in the oil for a few seconds before dropping it. This way it will not stick to the bottom of the pan. It should curl up and float at the top. The fry time will depend on how large the piece of fish is. Once it is a golden brown, remove the fish and place on a plate lined with paper towel. Sprinkle a bit of Salt on top immediately after removing it. Continue with the rest of the fish and enjoy!


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