Crispy fried flounder fillets are a culinary treat that you can serve for nearly any occasion. Although frying isn't necessarily the healthiest means of preparing fish, flounder fillets do offer an excellent source of protein. Using fillets as opposed to the whole fish also is convenient, because you don't have to spend your time picking out bones. Even if you aren't the most accomplished chef, you can please your friends and family, as well as your own palate, with a simple recipe for preparing fried flounder fillets.
Things You'll Need
- Vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup flour
- salt and pepper to taste
- Fork or tongs
- Paper towels
- Serving platter
Rinse off the fillets and gently pat them dry with a paper towel.
Heat 2 to 3 tbsp. of vegetable oil in a pan on medium-high heat.
Mix together the flour, salt and pepper in a shallow bowl.
Lay the fillets in the flour mixture and cover them with the mixture so that they are lightly coated on all sides.
Place the fillets into the pan carefully so that you don't splatter the hot oil.
Cook the fish about three to four minutes on each side, turning only once. The fish should be golden brown and crispy.
Line a serving platter with several paper towels. Remove the fish fillets from the pan and place them on a serving platter. The paper towels will help to soak up excess oil.
Tips & Warnings
- You can use all-purpose or self-rising flour for frying flounder. You also can use a mixture of half flour and half cornmeal. If you want a thicker crust, dip the fillets in a lightly beaten egg before placing them in the flour mixture.
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