Flounder With A Lemon, Butter, Caper, & White Wine Sauce

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Recipe: #1323

October 25, 2011

Categories: Lemon, No Eggs, Wine, more

"Fancy dish for being so simple. A one pan dish and done it just minutes. Easy and full of flavor and makes a perfect dish to entertain with. I used flounder, but any white fish or even salmon works well with this. I even makes this with scallops which are excellent."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (162.3 g)
  • Calories 220.9
  • Total Fat - 16.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 9.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 56.9 mg
  • Sodium - 854.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 11.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.7 g
  • Sugars - 1.6 g
  • Protein - 7.5 g
  • Calcium - 30 mg
  • Iron - 1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 33.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Note: Have everything ready to go for this dish. The fish is very quick cooking, so have all the ingredients prepared.

Step 2

Fish ... Remove from the refrigerator to take the chill off. You don't want to cook with cold fish. In a small pie plate or bowl, add the flour, salt and pepper, dry off the fish and dredge in the flour mix and. Make sure to shake off any extra flour - you want a very light coating, almost like a dusting. Set to the side as your oil heats up.

Step 3

Cook ... In a large saute pan (I prefer non-stick), add the butter and bring to medium high heat. Add the fish and the lemon slices (alongside the fish) and cook 3-5 minutes per side until golden brown. Don't forget to flip the lemon slices too. Now, every type of fish is going to cook differently, so you just have to check it as it cooks. Thin white fish usually will cook in 3-5 minutes per side; and the second side - cooking quicker. Thicker fish, such as cod, haddock, salmon will take longer. Once the fish is flaky but firm to the touch, remove to a plate, top each fish with the lemon slices, and cover as you make the sauce.

Step 4

Sauce ... After you remove the fish, return the pan to the heat, and reduce to medium. Add in the shallot and cook just a minute to lightly soften. Then add in the wine to deglaze the pan, making sure to scrape up any bits (the best part), and cook a minute. Next, add in the butter, lemon juice, zest, and the capers, and cook another minute to warm everything up. Return the fish to the pan for just a few seconds to coat with the sauce.

Step 5

Serve ... Plate and ENJOY! I love rice with this dish, but pasta is also a nice side.


No special items needed.

7 Reviews


This is so good! I used tilapia but otherwise made as directed for a delicious dinner. Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(2 Jun 2023)


Haddock was great for this recipe! We loved the sauce that complimented this mild white fish so well. It was delicious with Lemon Rice with some of the sauce drizzled over the top. An excellent meal!


review by:
(9 Jul 2020)


We made this using fillet of sole. We loved it, and the sauce is delicious!


(28 Mar 2019)

Wayne Peters

We really enjoyed this flounder fish recipe. The wine sauce was lovely and the lemon added the right amount of "zest". YUM!!!


review by:
(29 Mar 2018)

Picky Palate

This fish is absolutely wonderful. Good enough for company even!


review by:
(28 Jun 2017)


We eat fish at least 2 times a week. Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(21 Jan 2016)

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