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Delectable Whole Stuffed Flounder Recipe

June 06, 2020

Delicious whole stuffed flounder filled with shrimp and crabmeat, garnished with lemon slices and herbs, ready to be served

Taste The Deep South With Our Whole Stuffed Flounder

It should come as no surprise that here at Global Seafood we love flounder. Of all the Gulf finfish, flounder is one of the most delectable. For those who are looking for a mouth-watering whole stuffed flounder recipe, we have a Cajun delight that will please your whole family. If you are seafood obsessed like the rest of us, this shrimp and crabmeat stuffed flounder dishes will be irresistible.
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We have put together two easy to prepare stuffed whole flounder recipe that you can cook at home. With just a few ingredients paired with some fresh seafood from Global Seafood, you will have a delicious meal that your entire family can enjoy.

Choosing Your Flounder & Seafood Stuffing

Before we get into how to cook stuffed flounder, let’s talk about choosing the right ingredients for your dish. Buying fresh shrimp, crab meat, and Alaskan flounder for your dishes will ensure that your meals are full of flavor and tender to the touch. It is also a good idea to use fresh vegetables and herbs to help bring out the rich flavors of your stuffed flounder dish.

 

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When it comes to Cajun stuffed flounder recipes crab meat is usually mandatory. The white flesh of the flounder has a slight sweetness that pairs perfectly with the arctic snap of crab. For large gatherings or parties, you can stuff a five-pound flounder, but for everyday meals, a two-pound flounder will suffice. After cleaning and scaling the fish, all you need to do is remove the backbone and make a pocket to create a Cajun dish to delight the senses.

Whole Stuffed Cajun Flounder Recipe

If you are looking for the best way to cook flounder in the shortest amount of time, this recipe is for you. The cook time for this Cajun delight is only 45 minutes, with equal preparation time. This recipe serves two people, but it is easy to double for additional servings.  

 

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Cajun Stuffed Flounder Ingredients

  • 2 whole flounders, 2 lbs each. They should be cleaned and have a pocket cut in the middle.
  • 2 pounds of fresh medium shelled shrimp, uncooked
  • 8 ounces of Alaskan white lump fresh crab meat
  • Fresh black pepper and Kosher salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of cold-pressed virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup of freshly diced yellow onion
  • ½ cup of freshly diced green bell pepper
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 softened sticks of unsalted butter
  • ½ cup of freshly diced red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • Acadiana Table Cajun Seasoning Blend
  • 1 tablespoon of grated ginger
  • ½ cup of freshly diced celery
  • ½ cup of freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary
  • A dash of tobacco sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons dry vermouth or dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 cup of fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 whole thinly sliced lemon

Cooking Instructions

For all of our healthy flounder recipes we use fresh seafood, however, if only frozen options are available in your area, make sure they are properly thawed and cleaned before cooking flounder or any other seafood.

Start by heating your oven to 350ºF. Take two baking trays and line them with parchment. This will help you to cook flounder without the fish getting stuck to the bottom of the pan. Place a whole fish in the middle of try, rub them down with olive oil, and then season the pockets with salt and pepper to taste.

Next, we will move on to the crab meat stuffing for the dish. Take a generously sized skillet and place it over a medium flame. Add in your bell pepper, celery, and onion along with your two sticks of butter. Sauté them until the onion is slightly translucent. Next, add in your ginger, garlic, rosemary, and parsley. Add a spoon of lemon juice and vermouth if you prefer. Stir well and then add in your hot sauce, paprika, and Cajun seasoning. Let is simmer for a moment and then remove it from the flame.

You may be wondering at this point how to cook crab meat and shrimp for the stuffing. Both items cook rather quickly and do not need to be pre-cooked before stuffing them into the flounder. Set a few whole shrimp aside for garnish, the remainder should be loosely chopped into smaller pieces. Add the crab meat and the chopped shrimp into the cooling pot and mix well. Ass in a small number of breadcrumbs until you have a moist stuffing. Set the crab meat stuffing for flounder aside to cool.

To assemble the whole stuffed flounder with crabmeat, spoon the fried crab meat stuffing mixture into the flounder pockets. After filling the fish, arrange the whole shrimp on the top of each fish. Add a dash of paprika, black pepper, and salt for flavor. Take your lemon slices and spread them over the fish. Cover the whole fish in foil and bake for 30 minutes. After a half-hour remove the foil and bake for another 15 minutes, this will allow the flounder taste to develop into a buttery flaky consistency.

Serve this delicious Cajun flounder stuffed with crab meat intact with a side of crusty bread. Though our stuffed flounder stuffing recipe uses Alaskan crabmeat and shrimp, you can also use oysters or crawfish if you prefer. White lump crab meat is the best, but if it is not available, claw meat is equally delicious. As for flounder nutrition, with only 120 calories per 4 ounces, this is the perfect protein for those looking for healthy options for their daily meals.

Create the perfect restaurant-style meal at home with more flavor and half the cost!

Flounder FAQ:

How Do I Clean Flounder?

Whether you are cooking stuffed flounder with crabmeat or flounder flanks, cleaning the fish follows the same rules. Wash your fish well in clean water paying close attention to the scales. Remove the eyes and the backbone along with the very tips of the fins.

What is the Best Way to Cook Flounder

We have a lot of whole flounder recipes to choose from. Baking is the best way to conserve the flavor and moisture of the fish, though pan-frying is also a great way to prepare flounder.

How Long Should I Bake Flounder?

It is important to follow the cooking instructions on the flounder recipe to ensure it is cooked properly. Generally, the whole flounder with the skin should be baked for 30 to 45 minutes for a 2 lb fish. Flounder steaks should be baked for 20-25 minutes.

What is the Right Way to Cook Stuffed Flounder?

Simply follow our stuffed flounder with crab meat recipe listed above for a delicious meal that your whole family can enjoy.

How Do I Cook A Whole Flounder?

You can bake a whole flounder with the skin for a healthy meal that is rich in vitamins and minerals. You can also make crab stuffed flounder out of the whole fish, or cut it up into smaller portions for a pan-fried creation.






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