This easy Baked Flounder recipe is made on a sheet pan in the oven for quick dinner preparation and easy cleanup, too. It bakes crispy and delicious and includes a homemade tartar sauce recipe to serve on the side for dipping. Bonus, air fryer instructions!
Easy Baked Flounder Recipe
Fried fish is always a winning choice for supper. Contrary to popular thinking, Southerners don’t fry everything every single day. While we do love our Southern fried chicken, fried catfish, potatoes and fritters and hush puppies, at our house fried food is more of a treat. I’ve found that faux frying or baking in the oven coated with a crispy panko breadcrumb coating is a delicious way to make this baked flounder. You can use this technique for oven frying other fish recipes as it works well for any mild flavor variety of fish. In this recipe, flounder is drizzled with butter and bakes beautifully golden in no time.
How to Make the Best Baked Flounder Recipe
- Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Baked Flounder: Two pounds flounder fillets (skinless), vegetable oil, panko breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, large eggs, minced garlic, salt, lemon pepper, lemon juice, melted butter, lemon wedges and parsley for serving.
- Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Tartar Sauce: Mayonnaise, pickle relish or finely diced dill pickles, lemon juice, fresh dill, salt, lemon pepper, sugar and finely minced sweet onion. At times, I also add a small amount of jumbo lump crab meat to my tarter sauce which makes it very special.
- Kitchen gadgets you’ll need: A large sheet pan, measuring cups and spoons, shallow bowls for setting up the egg wash and breadcrumb coating, a turning spatula, a sharp knife and cutting board.
- You can use fresh or frozen flounder fillets for this recipe. Frozen fillets should be thawed per the instructions on the bag for food safety. Handle it carefully as flounder can be delicate.
- Dishes to serve with Baked Flounder: I include a tarter sauce recipe but this is totally optional. You may also like to add a steamed vegetable like broccoli or Easy Oven Roasted Potatoes, Southern Style Cole Slaw, Stewed Okra and Tomatoes or Green Bean Salad.
- Flounder is best baked and served fresh from the oven. Should you have any leftovers, you can store chilled in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat gently in an oiled skillet on the stovetop or in a 375°F oven for a few minutes or just until heated through.
- How to Air Fry Flounder: Spray the basket or rack of an air fryer with cooking spray. After breading the flounder, spray it generously on all sides with an oil mister.
- Arrange flounder in air fryer allowing space between each piece, don’t crowd the basket. (You may need to fry in batches, depending on the size of the fish.)
- Fry for 5 minutes at 400°F. Flip, and spray again with oil. Continue to cook to another 5 minutes or until golden and the fish flakes easily with a fork.
More Southern Style Seafood Recipes to Make
We’re seafood fans at our house and it’s often on the menu in my kitchen for appetizers, entrees and side dishes. More seafood recipes you may like to try:
- Creole style Crawfish Etouffee.
- Throwdown a Slow Cooker Shrimp Boil with all the fixings.
- Tuna Macaroni Salad is an all time favorite you can serve as an entree or a side dish.
- Shrimp Po’boys dressed just the way you like them.
- Crab Macaroni and Cheese is a holiday must make recipe.
- Shrimp Cocktail with a homemade cocktail sauce and bonus lemon dill sauce for dipping.
- Scallops with Cream Sauce from Will Cook for Smiles.
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- 6 large flounder fillets (around 2 lbs) (skinless)
- 2 Tbsp vegetable or olive oil
- 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (not shredded)
- 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp lemon pepper
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 2 Tbsp butter melted
- lemon wedges and chopped fresh parsley for serving
- Preheat oven to 425°. Brush a large baking sheet with 2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil. Season flounder lightly with salt and pepper.
- In a shallow bowl, place beaten eggs. In a separate bowl whisk together Parmesan, bread crumbs, garlic, salt and lemon pepper. Dip fish in egg then dredge fish in bread crumb mixture, pressing on all sides to coat. Arrange on pan without touching. Sprinkle any leftover crumbs on top. Drizzle with melted butter.
- Bake in preheated oven until golden and fish flakes easily with a fork around 18-20 minutes.
- Serve with lemon wedges for squeezing on top and garnished with parsley.
- To make tartar sauce: In a medium size bowl whisk together 1 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish OR diced dill pickle, 2 Tbsp minced onion, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, 1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill, 1 tsp granulated sugar, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp granulated garlic, and 1/4-1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper or black pepper until fully combined. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight before serving. (This can be done up to one day in advance)
- Spray the basket or rack of an air fryer with cooking spray.
- After breading the flounder, spray it generously on all sides with an oil mister.
- Arrange flounder in air fryer allowing space between each piece, don't crowd the basket. (You may need to fry in batches, depending on the size of the fish)
- Fry for 5 minutes at 400°F. Flip, and spray again with oil.
- Continue to cook to another 5 minutes or until golden and the fish flakes easily with a fork.
- Serve and enjoy.