Thursday, May 3, 2012

Almond Flounder Meuniere

This was not only delicious, but healthy as well !

Per Nana:

Simple, easy, and excellent.
I chopped some almonds and stirred it into the flour

 with the lemon zest. Quite a change from my usually 
panko covered fish , but soooo delicious.

I then topped it with the lemon juice, parsley and sliced almonds.

It was so tender and delicious, hubby kept raving about it.  
(Can't believe I did not get "however if you did this" comment),
Dorie did something right with this one  ~ big time !
Served with sauteed brussel sprouts and sliced 
tomatoes with chopped kalamata olives and grated 
pecorino romano cheese.  Excellent.

Added to this delicious meal was the side of proven├žal olive
 fougasse, which will be a whole new story of
 the "life and times of Nana and Tricia".

Per Tricia:

I was pleasantly surprised to find out how easy this one was.  

The only thing I will say is that I just don't think I could pull off cooking
 this dish for company.  It was a bit too many messy steps, if you
 know what I mean, and a lot of watching at the stove for a few 
minutes here and there.  This is not to say that others could not easily
 swing this but suffice it to say that I know my own limits.  Plus, I 
typically have a glass of wine in hand when the guests are here and
 flipping the coated flounder as such would not have been a success.

That said, this dish was spectacular. 
 Truly "off the charts".

The flavor was sensational and I honestly can't recall when
 I cooked a piece of fish this well.  The one sided breading seemed
 to lock in the perfect amount of moisture.  My taste testers 
declared this to be a new favorite, with my 15 year old stating
 it was "easily the best fish I have ever eaten".  Wow. 
 And this kid loves fish ! I was glad I bought a big package 
of flounder from Costco, since it allowed me to triple the recipe. 
I plan to make this one MANY times again for a family supper.


  1. Looks great! Definitely will need to have this when I am home

  2. We loved this one, too. It's perfect for a weeknight.

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Wow - great reviews on this one :-) This was definitely not a sip a glass of wine while making kind of dish - it was more of a "take a quick guzzle while your hands are tied up" dish.
    Great job. Can't wait to hear next week's fougasse story...

  4. Having the bread on one side made a huge difference with this. Your flounders look lovely, Nana and Tricia! I agree with you Tricia that this would be hard to make with hungry guests waiting and with a glass of wine in hand. :)

  5. Both of you garnished the dish so nicely - I love the cherry tomatoes look and the almond/parsley look. I agree, I've never seen a recipe that breaded only one side of the fish, but it did keep the dish so nice and moist. And yes, I'd be nervous to make this for guests too :-) I had some trouble keeping the fish together when I flipped it.

  6. I agree with the WOW! Isn't it nice to get good reviews at home? I've never breaded just one side before, but it worked perfectly. Love your photos.

  7. I almost did the almond breading on both sides because I had extra but I decided to be a good girl and follow the recipe and I'm so glad I did. Your fish looks delicious with those plump little cherry tomatoes as a garnish. Good job ladies!

  8. Interesting the olives and cheese side... made it more Mediterranean and that worked with the almond?

  9. You guys did a great job! and the almonds are much better chopped than ground. That´s a lot of fish you had to eat!

  10. I didn't think about how perfectly moist this fish was, compared to how I normally bungle things, but you're right! Maybe there's something with the one-sided coating, or maybe it was just properly timed. Either way, it was soooo good!

  11. Wow, rave reviews indeed! We loved this one and will definitely be making it again. But like Tricia, I'm not sure I would be brave enough to serve it for company. Actually, given that my pan only fits two fillets at a time is a deciding factor there as well. .

  12. What beautiful looking presentations - you both did a terrific job! i am glad that everyone liked it so much. Great photos and great post!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    P.S. : Cannot wait for the story on the fougasse...

  13. We enjoyed it too, but the mise en place is important for sure. I usually have a glass of wine in hand when I'm cooking, whether guests are around or not ;-)

  14. Both of the flounders look perfect, and delectable! I can see why this is a new favorite at the house. We loved this, and I think it will be one of our "brainless" weeknight rotations because of the ease - even if you have to "guzzle" the wine like Cher mentioned!

  15. You both did a great job on this one, and it's great to hear that you both loved it. I did too. I'm only sorry that I only made enough for two and didn't have any leftovers. Can't wait to hear about the fougasse. I haven't tried it yet.

  16. This is great for light lunch or supper. A dish I will make again and again. The next time I make this, I will have it in my sandwiches with a spread of whole grain french mustard...:) Yours look delicious..nutty crunch and a tender juicy on the inside! No wonder your hubby keep raving over it :)

  17. ladies! The fish is looking great!! :)

  18. Both of your dishes look great! I was so pleased to find an easy, yummy fish dish that easily can be done for one or many. I love the look of your almond chunks!

    Happy to see your posts again. Have a great weekend. And can't wait to read about the fougasse!

  19. Both of your dishes look fabulous! We really enjoyed this one too! Fish is always a hit with my husband! I loved the nutty flavor! Have a wonderful weekend!

  20. I was kind of surprised by how well the dish turned out also. Sometimes, when I cook fish it's a bit of a disaster.

  21. Both your fish dishes turned out great! I was also surprised how easy this was, even with all the steps I skipped the first time. Great post!

  22. I totally are...simple, easy elegant. It was a hit for us too!

  23. Both look great! We loved it too. So easy and delicious.

  24. So this dish packed a one-two knock-out punch for the both of you. Good. Anytime you can get your kids to eat fish (yes, even if it's fried) it's a good thing. Anxious to hear about your fougasse adventures. I just started mine tonight and am about to "punch" it down and stick in the fridge. Fingers crossed for tomorrow's baking.