Everything you always wanted to know about flounder but didn’t know it. But seriously, this is one tasty fish.
Okay … as a child of the 80s and 90s, whenever I hear the word “flounder,” I think about a certain sweet fishy friend of the beautiful, curious, clear-voiced Ariel in The Little Mermaid. The iconic Disney film was one of my favorites — and the first new Disney cartoon I remember seeing in a cinema.
But aside from the cute cartoon fish, flounder is delicious. It’s a tender fish that’s beautiful baked and sauteed. It can also be fried — like in your favorite fish and chips recipe. Plus it’s pretty versatile. Why, you ask? Read on to find out …
Five Fun Facts about Flounder
- Flounder is … flat. The actual fish, I mean. (Actually, very much like Ariel’s friend … fancy that!).
- Flounder has … a mild flavor. When you see recipes calling for a mild white fish, it can be a good choice. It’s a lean white fish with a flaky flesh.
- Flounder refers to … four different fish. According to the NOAA, there are four fish that fall into this category — arrowtooth, summer, winter and yellowtail. Winter and yellowtail are most commonly caught in New England.
- Flounder has … good and bad varieties in terms of sustainability. You should really check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch chart on flounder before you buy. It really does matter — for you and for the Earth.
- Flounder is … really delicious in Oven Poached Flounder with Garlic and Olive Oil. Just sayin’.
Are you a fan of this fish? What’s your favorite way to prepare it? Share in the comments below!