Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fish Meuniere

For Valentine's Day, I wanted to make a nice, romantic dinner for my husband. My husband also has an extra busy day planned at work, so I know things will be hectic. And that is why I settled on Flounder Meuniere. It's a French method of preparing fish. I'm not quite sure what Meuniere means, but I think it translates roughly to, "the easiest fancypants dinner you'll ever make."

Fish Meuniere

1. Start with 4 fish fillets. You will need to use thin fillets (traditionally this dish is made with sole, but flounder works well and is a little nicer on the budget).

2. Put about 1/3 cup of flour in a baking dish. Season both sides of each fillet with salt and pepper, and then dredge in the flour.

3. Heat a tablespoon or two of vegetable oil in nonstick skillet over high until shimmering. Then add 2 T. of butter, one tablespoon at a time. Swirl the pan until butter melts. Once foaming subsides, place flounder in skillet, darker side up.

4. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook without moving fish for 2-3 minutes, or until edges are opaque.

5. Flip fish over (using 2 spatulas helps prevent breakage), and cook about 2 minutes longer.
NOTE: Depending on pan size, you may need to cook your fish in batches.

6. Once fish is cooked, place on foil-wrapped plate inside oven, and prepare browned butter sauce.

7. To make sauce: Cut 4 T. of butter into 4 pieces and melt in skillet over medium heat. Continue to cook, swirling pan, for another 1 - 1 1/2 minutes until butter browns and has slight nutty aroma.

8. To serve: Sprinkle fish with fresh chopped parsley. Stir 2-4 tsp. lemon juice into browned butter, and spoon over fish. Garnish with lemon wedges, and enjoy!

Note: Depending on the season, I'll usually serve this with a side of spinach in light vinaigrette, or with braised winter greens such as kale or chard.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds wonderful!! I like fish but always cook it exactly the same....the butter sauce sounds good!!
    Thanks for sharing!!