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Sizzling Flounder

Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Prep time 10 mins
Other Time time 21 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings
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.

Ingredients

  • 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

How to Make It

  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