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Oil-Poached Flounder

ACTIVE TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes
Yield: 4 to 6 servings


  • 3 cups olive oil, not extra-virgin
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds flounder fillets
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  • 1 small bunch parsley, rinsed and dried thoroughly

Specialized Hardware

  • Digital instant-read thermometer
  • 12-inch cast-iron skillet


  • Heat oven to 350ºF.
  • In a medium saucepan over low heat, bring the olive oil to 300 to 310ºF on a digital instant-read thermometer.
  • While the oil is heating, season the flounder fillets on all sides with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Lay half of the lemon slices and half of the parsley in the bottom of a cast-iron skillet large enough to hold the fillets in a single layer without overlapping. Lay the seasoned fillets on top of the lemons. Top with the remaining lemons and parsley. Once the oil has reached temperature, gently pour it over the fillets, and place in the oven to poach for 10 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.