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Old 10-06-2011, 02:44 PM   #1
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Flounder?!

I've been trying to pan sere flounder and it has consistently come out mushy. I was told that flounder had an enzyme that made it do that, but every resteraunt that I've been to has served good and firm. Any suggestions?

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Old 10-06-2011, 03:53 PM   #2
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First of all welcome.
Second tell us how did you fry it, so we have a common place to start.
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:42 PM   #3
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I also think it depends on the type or species of flounder. I have the same problem with sole from my local supermarkets, and suspect there's no avoiding it because a delicate fish fillet that thin becomes mush in the freezing process.
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:45 PM   #4
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I also think it depends on the type or species of flounder. I have the same problem with sole from my local supermarkets, and suspect there's no avoiding it because a delicate fish fillet that thin becomes mush in the freezing process.
I think you're right, Spork. When we've had fresh caught in Mexico, it was nice and firm.
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Old 10-06-2011, 09:33 PM   #5
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I've also had the same problem with both flounder and sole. Years ago, the flounder was much firmer - the sole was a little less firm, but still not mushy as it is today. I stopped buying both fish for that reason.
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:41 PM   #6
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A lot of the farm raised fish seem to not have as firm a texture as their wild counterparts.

With no info on the flounder, I will offer this: Medium high heat, make sure the fish is dry, dredge in flour, sear flesh side down and do 80% of the cooking that way. If it sticks, just let it keep going, when it gets seared properly, it will release itself.

Also, just a little buttered bread crumbs, and clarified butter, top fillet and simply do under the broiler.
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Old 10-07-2011, 02:15 AM   #7
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The season the fish is caught in has an affect on its texture also its sex. A female fish full of eggs will generally soft and watery.
Ps cold water fish grow slower so the texture is firmer. We have a prized fish over here called the dover sole, its the only fish I can think of that must not be cooked fresh it goes as hard as leather.
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Old 10-07-2011, 02:20 AM   #8
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agreed bolas.


here, we fish for fluke in summer, flounder in winter. if you go out of season, you get mushy fish, besides the fact that you interrupt spawning.

and i can't help singing "there'll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of dover..."
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Old 10-07-2011, 02:54 AM   #9
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Did you put your Boa on Vera, the fluke is called a dab here and as a kid I remember an old dab fisherman who caught them without using any tackle.
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Old 10-07-2011, 03:03 AM   #10
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lol.

i've often joked when my wife catches more atlantic blue claw crabs on a simple hand line than i do with traps draped over every inch of the gunwhale of the dorey that it's out of professional respect.

i'm sort of picturing you as the young boy bolas with spencer tracy hand line fishing for hallibut in "captains courageous".

have you ever fished for lemmings?
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