Lacquered Flounder

Cane vinegar is made from sugar cane syrup. Look for Steen's vinegar, made in Louisiana, or substitute Champagne vinegar. Turbinado sugar gives the glaze a golden color and imparts a hint of molasses to the flavor. Substitute granulated sugar, if necessary. Pan-sear satsuma halves for an elegant garnish; for more ways to use satsumas, see our In Season column.

Yield:

8 servings (serving size: 1 fillet)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 258
Caloriesfromfat 20 %
Fat 5.8 g
Satfat 0.8 g
Monofat 2.5 g
Polyfat 1.9 g
Protein 31.8 g
Carbohydrate 18.5 g
Fiber 0.3 g
Cholesterol 87 mg
Iron 0.8 mg
Sodium 250 mg
Calcium 41 mg

Ingredients

1 dried cascabel chile
4 cups fresh satsuma orange or tangerine juice (about 16 satsumas)
1/4 cup turbinado sugar
1/2 teaspoon cane vinegar
8 (6-ounce) flounder fillets, skinned
1 1/2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided

Preparation

1. Pierce chile with a knife. Combine chile, juice, sugar, and vinegar in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced to 1 cup (about 20 minutes), stirring occasionally. Reduce heat, and simmer until reduced to 3/4 cup (about 10 minutes), stirring occasionally. Discard chile.

2. Preheat oven to 350°.

3. Sprinkle both sides of fish with Creole seasoning. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 4 fillets to pan; sauté 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Place fish on a baking sheet; spread about 1 tablespoon juice mixture over each fillet. Repeat procedure with remaining oil, fish, and juice mixture.

4. Bake at 350° for 5 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.

Note:

Tory McPhail,

Commander's Palace Restaurant, New Orleans, Louisiana,

December 2008