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Sep 25th, 2014

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Our current supply of Fresh Fluke Flounder is Product of USA, is Wild Caught, and LOCAL! It’s Product of the State of New Jersey. Flukes and flounders are types of flatfish. That means that, while they started swimming upright, during the larval stage, they lay on either their left or right side and the eye facing towards the bottom migrated to be top-facing. So, some flat fish are right-side-up (their left eye migrated to the right side) and some are left-side-up, meaning that their right eye migrated to the left side.

All Fluke Are Flounder but Not All Flounder Are Fluke

  • Generally speaking, left-side up flounder are flukes, and right-side up flounders are called flounders.
  • Flukes are also called “summer flounder,” and flounder, or right-side fish, are called “winter flounder.”
  • Of the 500 plus flatfish species, there are five species that are all called flounder.
  • Four of the five flounder species are found in the Atlantic: summer flounder (left-side up flukes), winter flounder, southern flounder and European flounder. The fifth, the Japanese flounder, is found in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Unless you are studying fish biology, the main thing to remember is that all flukes are flounders but not all flounders are flukes. And all flounder is tasty!

 

Fluke & Flounder Fun Facts

  • Because they are so flat, large flounder and fluke (at least 8-10 pounds) are sometimes referred to as doormats or snow shoes. Finally, something about these fish that actually makes sense!
  • Another fun fact is that summer flounder and winter flounder are aptly named. Summer flounder (fluke) winter off of the continental shelf and only come into the bay (to be caught) in the summer.
    Winter flounder come into the bay in the fall and stay through the winter until the spring. Sounds to me like fluke and flounder don’t like to stay around each other very much.
    It could be because fluke have teeth and winter flounder don’t, but don’t quote me on that!
  • As to the name flounder, it comes from the Dutch word flodderen, which means “to flop about.” Using that definition, all fish pretty much flounder when caught, but flounders can flop about on the bottom of the ocean, kicking up sand to cover themselves, kind of like how rays do. Also, because they swim sideways, it can look like they don’t have a very good way to steer themselves. No matter how they look or swim, they are very tasty when simply cooked.

 

Try one of these recipes today!

Herbed Fluke Flounder Fillets

Ingredients (Prep Time 5 Minutes, Cook Time 12 Minutes) –
MAKES 4 SERVINGS
1 lb fluke flounder fillets
1/2 tsp dried tarragon, crushed
2 tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

Directions
Cut fish into 4 pieces. Place in shallow baking dish.
Combine tarragon, mayonnaise and mustard. Spread over fish.
Broil until fish flakes easily with a fork.

 

Flavorful Fluke Flounder

Ingredients (Prep Time 15 Minutes, Cook Time 8-10 Minutes)
MAKES 4 SERVINGS

2 pounds fluke flounder fillets
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
3 tablespoons chopped green onions
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

Coat a piece of heavy-duty foil (about 14 in. x 14 in.) with nonstick cooking spray. Place fillets on foil; brush with lemon juice. Crimp foil, forming edges. Place foil flat on the grill (do not seal).
Grill, covered, over medium-hot heat for 4 minutes.
Combine Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise, onions and salt; brush over fillets.
Grill 3-4 minutes longer or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

 

 

 

Pineapple-Glazed Fish

Ingredients (Prep Time 15 Minutes, Cook Time 10 Minutes)
MAKES 4 SERVINGS

1 (8 ounce) can unsweetened sliced pineapple
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 (6 ounce) fluke flounder or haddock fillets

Directions

Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set pineapple aside. In a small saucepan, combine the cornstarch and ginger; stir in pineapple juice until blended.
Add the honey and soy sauce. bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
Stir in lemon juice. Pour half into a small bowl for serving.
Coat grill rack with nonstick cooking spray before starting the grill. Grill fillets, uncovered, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
Spoon some of the glaze over fillets. Cook 4-5 minutes. Spoon some of the glaze over fillets.
Cook 4-5 minutes longer or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
Meanwhile, grill pineapple slices for 4-6 minutes or until heated through, basting frequently with glaze and turning once.
Serve fish with pineapple and reserved glaze.

 

 

 

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