Monday, May 10, 2010

Sizzling Flounder

While flounder is a Charleston favorite, use any firm-fleshed fish, such as tilapia, grouper, or catfish. Adjust the cooking time according to the thickness of the fish.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Other Time: 21 minutes
Yield: Makes 4 servings

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon paprika
4 (6-oz.) flounder fillets
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup butter
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1. Place 1 oven rack 5 inches from heat; place a second rack in middle of oven. Combine Parmesan cheese and paprika. Season fish with salt and pepper.

2. Preheat oven to 450°. Heat butter in a broiler-safe 13- x 9-inch baking dish in oven 8 minutes or until butter is melted and beginning to brown. Place fish in hot butter, skin sides up.

3. Bake at 450° on middle oven rack 10 minutes. Carefully flip fish, and baste with pan juices. Sprinkle with lemon juice and Parmesan cheese mixture. Bake 5 more minutes or just until fish flakes with a fork. Remove from oven; increase oven temperature to broil.

4. Broil fish on oven rack 5 inches from heat 2 to 3 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.

Adapted from Charleston Receipts, Southern Living, MARCH 2010

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