Flounder with Lemon Caper Sauce

  • Serves

    serves 6

  • Cook

    45 minutes


This version of classic fish à la meunière, adapted from a recipe by chef Stuart Deller of Port Phillip Estate restaurant in Mornington Peninsula, Australia, adds crisp croutons and briny capers to the tangy lemon, parsley, and brown butter sauce.


  • 1 slice white country bread, crust removed, torn into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 lemons
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 12 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 (6-oz.) flounder fillets
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups loosely packed flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped, plus whole leaves, to garnish
  • 14 cup capers, drained and rinsed


Step 1

Heat the oven to 350°. Spread the bread out on a baking sheet and bake, tossing occasionally, until deep golden brown, about 25 minutes. Transfer the croutons to a rack and let cool. Meanwhile, finely grate the zest from the lemons into a small bowl. Using a paring knife, cut off the top and bottom of each lemon and remove the white pith. Cut between the membranes of the lemon to release the segments into the bowl with the zest, and then squeeze the juice from the membrane into the bowl; discard the membrane.

Step 2

In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 4 tablespoons of the butter over medium-high. Place the flour on a plate, and then season the flounder with salt and pepper and dredge it lightly in the flour, knocking off the excess. Add the fillets to the butter and cook, turning once, until golden brown and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes.

Step 3

Using a spatula, transfer each fillet to a plate and return the skillet to medium-high heat. Add the remaining 4 tablespoons butter and cook, swirling the skillet, until it begins to smell nutty and turn brown. Stir in the lemon zest, segments, and juice along with the chopped parsley and capers and remove from the heat. Season with salt and pepper and then spoon the lemon sauce over the fillets and top with the croutons and parsley leaves.

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