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Fast flat fish feast, by broiler.
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Step 1: Find a flounder

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Catch or purchase some nice flounder. They may be called sole, halibut, turbot, plaice, fluke, or dab; all are flatfish, members of the order Pleuronectiformes.

These fish are flat (surprise!), and adults carry both eyes on the darker top side of the head. They tend to spoil quickly, so eat them soon after you catch them or make sure to buy one in very good condition. There should be no fishy smell, the flesh should spring back when you prod it, the eyes should be clear, and the gills bright.

Step 2: Clean your fish

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If you purchase your fish, have the fishmonger do the scaling for you to avoid mess. If you caught it yourself, do the scaling outside. My fish came from Berkeley Bowl, so they'd already taken care of that for me.

Cut the head off, making sure to leave as much of flesh as possible on the body, but cutting the gills and pectoral fins off with the head.

Remove the guts through the forward opening. If you have problems getting everything out, cut a slit along the fish's length for better access.

Rinse the fish, and pat dry.

Step 3: Starch and spray

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Coat your clean, dried fish in a thin layer of starch. I used potato starch, but cornstarch will work just as well. The starch shouldn't be caked on; all you need is a light dusting.

Spray a baking dish with canola oil, add your fish, then spray the top side of the fish with canola oil.

Step 4: Season

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Sprinkle your fish with the spices of your choice. I've used cajun seasoning here, but they'll take nicely to any strong flavor.
lemonie8 years ago
I've just bought some salted makerel, they are oily like you've covered them in butter - delicious & full of your omega-3's an' all that... May well post once I've cooked 'em.
canida (author)  lemonie8 years ago
Sounds good! I love mackerel sushi, but haven't figured out how to properly cook them fresh & whole. We made some the other day, but weren't particularly satisfied. (so it won't be an Instructable.) I don't know that I've tried salted mackerel, so I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it.
tbone121 canida5 years ago
that was a sorry exuse for a flounder, and i clean then and its turns out alot better. but as im writing this the fluke season has ended, but i can post how to clean and cook a baneta tuna if you would like
I had gone to a BBQ and they had smoked the mackerel, it came out awesome.
mackerel's ggggggooooooooooooooooddddd iz gggggguuuuuddd
RonnyK8 years ago
I love Berkeley Bowl!
Gthing 2.08 years ago
hey i did what u say and my flonder was great hey if u have time can u make a instructables on tuna
canida (author)  Gthing 2.08 years ago
There's a spicy tuna sashimi Instructable already in the queue! Just wait a couple of weeks until I've got free time...
nick..post8 years ago
BBQ Hama-hama oyster has image of Virgin Mary on it. Well, Virgin Mary with red sauce.
canida (author)  nick..post8 years ago
Cool! I hadn't noticed. Too bad we ate it instead of auctioning it off on eBay.
PetervG8 years ago
Flounder. Fish. Sometimes tasty. Sometimes not. I like tasty fish.