Recipe: Lemon Garlic Flounder

by Cate on February 26, 2013

UntitledOn Sunday afternoon, I bought a three pound package of chicken tenders.

And a pound of flounder.

Sunday night, we had leftovers.

Monday night, we unexpectedly ended up having dinner out.

And we already knew we weren’t going to be home for dinner on Tuesday.

So I began to fret about my uncooked chicken and fish sitting in the refrigerator.

Food waste weighs heavily on my mind, and although I am sometimes a victim of it, I really try hard not to let something go bad before I can cook, eat, or freeze it. Which, when you’re loading up on fresh fruit, fish, and vegetables, is even harder.

And I knew that if I didn’t do something with the chicken and fish, it would end up going in the garbage.

So at 10 pm on Monday night, what do you think I was doing?

Yep. Cooking chicken and fish.

Thirty minutes later, I now had three pounds of cooked chicken to use for assorted lunches and dinners, and fish for lunch the next day.

Sometimes you just have to pull up your big girl pants and git ‘er done.

And sometimes, also, we forget just how easy cooking can be.

We overcomplicate it with fancy ingredients. Techniques. Kitchen accessories.

And we really don’t need to. Not always anyway.

And so it was with this fish.

Lemon. Garlic. Oregano. Bake.


It would be perfect alongside some brown rice and steamed vegetables. Or couscous (a recipe coming tomorrow). Or roasted tomatoes. Or a million other things. For my lunch, I served it with half an avocado and a little bit of melted Cabot cheddar. With each bite, I put a piece of the avocado with the fish, and dredged it a bit in the lemon juice sauce.

I may or may not have licked the plate when I was done.

When you have something you simply must cook now, go back to basics. Skip the fancy. It really is as simple and satisfying as that.

Lemon Garlic Flounder
Recipe courtesy of Cate O’Malley

1 lb firm white fish (I used flounder)
1 lemon
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 375. Put the fish in a small baking pan and sprinkle with oregano. Top each piece of fish with a thin lemon slice and garlic, and then squeeze the rest of the lemon juice over the fish. Bake until done (fish is white and flakes easily with a fork), approximately 30 minutes. (I added a bit of salt to the top of the fish after it was done.)

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Ashley February 26, 2013 at 11:27 pm

This is a great reminder to keep it simple! I try so hard not to waste things, and sometimes I forget this tidbit. Great post!
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Paula Ann February 27, 2013 at 1:14 am

I’m always looking for a good fish recipe during Lent. Thanks, Cate! You’ve just solved my “What shall I make for dinner Friday night” dilemma!


Joanne February 27, 2013 at 7:32 am

I do this occasionally with veggies…I’ll just make some random thing to use em up even if I won’t be eating it for a day or so. Simple is definitely sometimes better!
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debbie February 27, 2013 at 7:36 am

I have 3 flounder fillets thawing in the fridge that I plan on cooking tonight. Thanks for posting this….
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paula February 27, 2013 at 11:19 am

I’ve reverted to simple cooking because I realized I wasn’t going to get back into more complicated cooking anytime soon after my divorce and if my boys were going to eat anything besides mac and cheese and chicken fingers, I had to approach cooking differently that I had in my blogging years.

My older son’s favorite is probably my pork chops. I get the boneless chops, thin cut but not too thin (about 1/2 inch thick), sprinkle them with a tiny bit of Montreal steak seasoning and rub it in, then I broil them on high close to the broiler so the little bit of fat gets crispy before they are cooked completely through. I take them out before they are completely done, wrap them in foil and let them sit for a few minutes. They come out tender and juicy and delicious and they are probably one of my favorites too – and only 2 ingredients – pork chops and Montreal Steak seasoning (and salt and pepper works fine too).

If I find a good piece of fish that I can afford, I always go simple, usually just baking it with a bit of lemon pepper.


Meg February 28, 2013 at 3:18 pm

This definitely whets my appetite! I love fish and find myself eating tons of it lately, especially as I’ve embraced a healthier lifestyle. My fiance and I are both garlic nuts, so I could see this one being a big hit on our table!
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