Baked Flounder Recipe – Looking for a delicious and easy weeknight meal? Look no further than our Baked Flounder Recipe with Pesto! Our flaky and tender fillets are lightly seasoned with butter, parsley, and a blend of simple spices, then topped with a rich and flavorful homemade pesto that elevates the otherwise mild flavor of the flounder.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
- Pesto: Top the fish with homemade pesto sauce. Ours combines pistachios, basil, lemon zest, garlic, olive oil, and parmesan cheese. You can purchase store-bought pesto if you don’t feel like preparing your own.
- Flounder: I use frozen flounder filets from Costco. However, if you have access to fresh fish, use that instead. I defrost the fillets in the fridge the night before for easy preparation the next day.
- Spices: Lightly season the fillets with parsley, kosher salt, coarse ground pepper, and red pepper flakes.
SUBSTITUTIONS AND VARIATIONS
Flavor the dish with butter and a mix of salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and dried parsley. This mouthwatering combination creates a perfect base to highlight the pesto, but free to experiment with different herbs, such as rosemary or dill.
HOW TO MAKE OUR BAKED FLOUNDER RECIPE
The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.
Preheat the oven to 325° F (162° C). Then, combine the melted butter, parsley, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl.
Line the filets in a prepared baking dish.
Brush them with the butter mixture using a pastry brush.
Bake for 10-25 minutes. Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the filets (See Note).
- Flounder is a delicate fish. If using thin filets, I recommend checking for doneness at the 10-minute mark. Thicker cuts of flounder may take longer; consider baking them for 20-25 minutes.
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WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVERS
- Refrigerate – Store leftovers in an airtight container; our Baked Flounder Recipe will keep for 3-4 days.
- Reheat – Bring leftovers to temperature in the oven or cook it in the microwave for 30-40 seconds.
- Repurpose – Add leftover fish to rice or cauliflower rice and make a protein bowl or toss it into a tortilla and make a fish taco.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does flounder taste like?
Flounder has a delicate, mild flavor that’s slightly sweet. The flesh of the flounder is white, flaky, and tender.
How long to bake flounder?
Flounder is a delicate fish. If using thin filets, I recommend checking for doneness at the 10-minute mark. Thicker cuts of flounder may take longer. Consider baking those for 20-25 minutes and check them at the 20-minute mark.
How do you know when flounder is done?
Using our Baked Flounder Recipe, the fish will be white and flaky after it finishes cooking.
What temperature should flounder be cooked to?
Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature; the safe cooking temperature for flounder is 145°F (62° C).
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- Baked Chicken Thighs with Salmoriglio Sauce
- Jamaican Chicken Fricassee
- Peruvian Chicken
- Sriracha Salmon
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Baked Flounder Recipe with Pesto
- Food Processor , or Blender
- Small Bowl
For the Pesto Sauce:
For the Flounder:
- 4 flounder fillets
- ¼ teaspoon parsley, dried
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper, coarse ground
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons butter
For the Pesto:
For the Flounder:
- Preheat the oven to 325° F (162° C). Then, combine the melted butter, parsley, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl.
- Line the filets in a prepared baking dish, and brush them with the butter mixture using a pastry brush.
- Bake for 10-20 minutes. Cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the filets.
- The flounder is a delicate fish. If using thin filets, I recommend checking for doneness at the 10-minute mark. Thicker cuts of flounder may take longer. Consider baking those for 20-25 minutes and check them at the 20-minute mark.
- The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.