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Crispy Flounder Fillets


  • 2 pounds medium flounder fillets, cut in serving-size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons dry vermouth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 9 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups dry breadcrumbs
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pressed garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Combine vermouth, bay leaf and 6 tablespoons oil. Marinate fillets 20 to 30 minutes.

Remove fish from marinade and discard marinade. Salt and pepper fillets, then dredge in flour. Brush with egg. Dip into breadcrumbs, pressing crumbs on gently.

In a large skillet, heat remaining 3 tablespoons oil to 375° F. Add 3 tablespoons butter and melt. Place fillets in skillet, flesh side down. Cook until golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Turn and repeat. Drain on paper towels, then remove to serving dish.

Wipe skillet with paper towels. Add remaining 3 tablespoons butter and cook until foamy and brown. Add garlic and cook lightly but do not brown. Stir in lemon juice, parsley and  thyme. Drizzle over fish.

Contributed by Joyce Taylor  From: Mariner’s Menu: 30 Years of Fresh Seafood Ideas