Pan Seared Flounder
with zucchini and poblano salsa / gazpacho
- Tomatoes, heirloom preferable - 2 lb
- Cucumbers, medium - 1
- Garlic - 1 clove, peeled
- Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
- Vinegar, red wine - 2 tsp
- Cumin, ground - 1/4 tsp
- Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/2 tsp
- Onions, medium red - 1/2, chopped
- Poblano chilis, large - 2, chopped (sub any color bell peppers)
- Zucchini - 12 oz, finely diced
- Cilantro - 2 Tbsp, chopped
- Flounder - 1 1/2 lbs (sub any white fish)
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Lime juice - 1 Tbsp
- Onions / Poblanos - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Make gazpacho - Roughly chop tomatoes and cucumbers. Combine tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, cumin and red pepper flakes (if using) in a food processor or blender. Pulse until a nearly smooth (we like to stop while it still has a bit of texture). Season with some salt and pepper or add more chili flakes if you would like. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes so you can serve it chilled. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Zucchini / Cilantro - Prep as directed and store separately. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Fish - Rinse and pat dry. Season with some salt and pepper.
- Heat oven to 450F / 232C. Lightly grease a sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray or some oil.
- Spread fish out onto sheet pan and bake until fish flakes easily with a fork, 8 to 12 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and then onions, poblanos and zucchini. Season with some salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until zucchini is tender and vegetables have started to blacken in spots (you'll get the most flavor from the salsa if the poblanos are lightly charred), 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro and lime juice.
- Top fish with zucchini and poblano salsa. Enjoy with chilled gazpacho on the side.
We loved the salsa but the fish was bland.0 Helpful
I loved the fish but didn't care for the gazpacho0 Helpful
Cornmeal coating didn't really cook well and it also seemed bland. The corn salsa was pretty good. I'm not a huge fan of gazpacho any time I've made it.0 Helpful
Yummy! Liked the salsa a lot. Used cornbread mix dredge for the fish, to save steps (already has flour in it) and I thought it was plenty flavorful. :)0 Helpful
I found this meal to be pretty bland. I had to use cholula on the fish to give it any real flavor. The salsa was okay, but didn't seem to add anything to the fish except a little bit of texture. The gazpacho was fine, but I don't think I'll eat two and a half pounds of it.0 Helpful
I skipped the cornmeal since I felt the corn in the salsa was starchy enough. I feel like this should've shown up on the menu in three or four weeks when tomatoes really start rolling in at farmer's markets (my local ones are still in strawberry/rhubarb/bok choy mode) to get better flavors. Wish I'd done a watermelon or bell pepper-heavy gazpacho instead.0 Helpful