Flounder is a marine flatfish found in estuaries and coastal lagoons of the Northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans that's very popular seafood. Flounder is normally available to purchase between spring and late summer. Flounder is a healthy food option as it's high in protein, minerals and vitamins. Flounder is also low in fat, and it's commonly prepared by frying, grilling, baking or broiling it. Many people will brush on a bit of butter and add salt and pepper before baking flounder for a simple, healthy meal.
One of the most notable characteristics of flounder fish is that one of its eyes will migrate to the other side of its head so that when it's mature, the flounder will have two eyes on one side of its head. Adult flounder will lie on the ocean floor and camouflage themselves, and both of the eyes will be on the side that's pointing up.
Because flounder is such a popular food, it's in danger of being overfished in several places around the world. In the Gulf of Mexico, for example, overfishing from commercial organizations as well as industrial pollution are both threatening the flounder population.
Flounder can be prepared in several different ways. Pan frying flounder is a popular, quick option. Baking flounder is a healthy option, and broiling is another popular way to cook flounder. Flounder cook pure white, feature a mild flavor, and since they're a lean fish, it's best to cook them in a liquid such as wine, oil or other sauces to keep them from drying out. Many people will stuff, roll or bread flounder when cooking it. While there are many different varieties of flounder, some of the most popular kinds of flounder are yellowtail flounder, summer flounder, southern flounder and witch flounder.