Cornmeal Pan-Fried Flounder From the Fish CSA

Posted by Brette in Food

If you’ve been reading along, you know we participate in a CSA and also have a chicken share. Something new and exciting has come along in this same vein! The same store, Farmer’s & Artisan’s, where we get the chicken share, has started a fish share. What I love about it though is there is no commitment. They email me on Tuesday to tell me what fish they anticipate having available and I tell them how much, if any, I want of it. It is caught on Thursday and ready for pick up on Friday. They work with NY fisherman who use sustainable fishing practices. The fish is fresh and unfrozen. The prices were somewhat comparable to what I pay in the grocery store.

My first week was flounder, which I have never cooked before. And, I must admit, I only know what a flounder looks like because of SpongeBob. They are a flat fish with eyes on one side only. I ordered two pieces which were going to be about 12 ounces each. When I got to the store, they told me the fish were running small so I got 4 smaller pieces for $22.

Since I’ve never cooked flounder, I decided to just make it simple. I dipped the pieces in an egg wash then in some cornmeal I had mixed with salt and pepper. I cooked them in a little olive oil (just enough to coat the pan) and served with lemon wedges. It was so fresh tasting and the cornmeal gave it a really satisfying crunch. Everyone ate this (which is a minor miracle since my son claims not to be a big fish fan – some ketchup helped him get it down). I’m eagerly looking forward to next week’s catch!

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