Can You Eat Flounder and How Does it Taste?

Can you eat flounder? Yes, you can. In fact, it is a very popular fish to consume in many parts of the world. It can be served in a variety of ways.

When it comes to how does it tastes? Well that really depends on what kind you try but generally speaking most people will say its mild yet flavorful fish meat is enjoyable which makes it an excellent substitute for other more expensive types like sea bass or halibut.

can you eat flounder? fisherman on a boat holding one

Facts about flounder

Flounder taste great as well – but before we get into that let’s cover some basics about what they look like:

The coloring can vary depending on which side or which part of their body it is located; white on one side with a dark brownish or gray-blue coloring on the other .

Their color is usually mottled with blotches of cream, gold, sometimes red and blue.

They can be found in varying sizes from a few inches to three feet long! They are also very slippery so it can be hard to keep hold of them when you’re trying to clean them.

The color of the meat changes depending on what type of fat is used to cook them; white if olive oil was used and brownish if butter was used. The fish has flakes that come off once you start chewing which adds texture when eaten raw or lightly cooked (less than four minutes) but will melt into one solid piece after being fully cooked.

If caught fresh from Alaska’s icy sea water, then there may be an abundance of oils that will come out from the fish when cooked.

Where to find flounder

Flounder are typically found in shallow waters near shorelines and they can live for up to twenty years. The flounder’s diet consists mainly of small fish, crustaceans, and algae. There are more than 200 species of flatfish so there is a lot to choose from when shopping at the market!

Can you eat flounder?

Flounder, like any other fish whether we are talking catfish, cod, tilapia, salmon or even seafood like crab is best to be eaten in moderation. The recommendation is not more than once a week, both for health and sustainability reasons.

But when you caught your fresh flounder, take into consideration the season. It is important to know, that while flounder are easier to catch after spawning season, they are also weaker and will yield less meat. Therefore, consider the best time to go fishing for catching a healthy flounder, that makes it worth it to cook and serve it.

Are flounder good to eat?

Flounder are generally good to eat, but given the choice I would always go for one from the oceans, e.g. the pacific, as compared to a river water one. Flounder don’t really have a fishy smell or flavor, but you can tell the difference from a small size one from a local stream to a big one from the Pacific.

flounder on ice

How does flounder taste?

Now for what you’ve all been waiting for: how does it taste?

The taste of a flounder can depend on what it is paired with but usually, they are served as white meats and have a mild flavor which reminds some people of cod, haddock or sole.

It’s hard to improve upon their natural delicate flavors so you don’t want to overpower them by adding too much salt or seasoning before cooking time. I personally prefer the mild flavor and texture to catfish and even the similar tilapia, but obviously taste differs.

It’s important to note that many people find flounder has a mild taste so if you want something more flavorful try one of its counterparts such as trout instead!

Is it safe to eat flounder?

Eating flounder is safe, but there are some things that can make it unsafe to eat. Fish that have been stored at too high of a temperature may contain parasites or bacteria which cause spoilage and should be discarded so as not to risk spoiling other foods in your fridge.

Omega 3 fatty acids in Flounder

Omega 3 levels in flounder can vary depending on how they are prepared and what type of oil is used to cook them.

Flounder can be an excellent source of omega-three fatty acids when it is cooked in a healthy manner, such as baking or grilling the fish rather than frying it in butter. It is great for your heart and general health and preserves the delicate taste too!

Is flounder fish high in mercury?

Flounder and other types of fish that are not top ocean predators like tuna, swordfish, grouper or halibut tend to contain lower levels of mercury than these more popular fish because they feed off smaller prey such as plankton or fish at the bottom of the food chain.

Are flounder dangerous to humans?

Flounder, though somewhat similar to rays, are not usually considered dangerous to humans health.

How to clean flounder

Cleaning your freshly caught flounder before eating is recommended, but can prove a little difficult due to its slippery skin texture. Still, when you know a couple tricks, it is not a whole lot more difficult to do than with other fish species.

The best way to clean a flounder is by removing all the blood and guts before cooking it. This can be done with your fingers or by using a spoon, knife, fork, or other utensil if you have one handy. Simply make an ‘x’ cut at the base of the fish where its head meets its tail (atop that pointy bone) and pry open until you expose both sides of the gut cavity.

Reach inside to remove any innards then rinse out any remaining blood from inside and on top of the fillet as well as around its underside. With this removed, you can go ahead and prepare your flounder for whichever dish you are dreaming up!

woman selling flounder and other fish

How to fillet flounder

Depending on the seafood dish you want to make, it may make sense to fillet your flounder. To do so, place the flounder fish on a cutting board skin-side down and use a sharp, thin knife to peel back the skin from one side of its body.

Place your fingers in front of the edge you are peeling up so that when it is peeled off, nothing is pulled out with it (we don’t want any meat going along for this ride). Once done, proceed to do this same thing on the other side until both skins have been removed completely.

Now turn over your fillet and place your hand underneath against what will be left of its underside – just enough so that as you remove it can feel where those scales end. When ready to keep moving forward, grab onto each scale firmly at either end then pull upwards, working in a linear direction to remove them all.

My favorite easy flounder recipes

Now that we’ve removed our skin and scales, it’s time for some cooking! There are two general types of preparation – frying and baking/grilling with sauce.

When preparing fried fish (or any other type), make sure not to over-process it as this can result in dry flakes when they’re done cooking; instead, leave chunks so they will stay moist on the inside while crisp on the outside after being cooked through.

If grilled or baked with sauce is more what you have in mind then there are no difficult instructions to follow. Simply brush the fish with oil, season it with salt and some lemon and cook until done. I prefer this way to cook flounder fish, as it preserves more of the healthy benefits of your caught flatfish and its benefits for the heart.

Like tilapia, their meat is firm, moist, and flaky making it an easy fish for both grilling or frying because it cooks quickly without drying out too much when exposed to high heat methods like pan-searing or oven roasting.

It can usually fit nicely on top of spinach linguine either whole or cut into fillets for easy consumption. Another favorite is to cook it together with crab, which makes for a delicate dish that you can take and add to your little list of good fancy dishes to impress

Is flounder a sustainable fish to be eaten?

When it comes to sustainability, flounder is a fish that can be enjoyed on occasion. Flounder are not usually threatened by overfishing and they can come from both wild and farmed sources which provides them with sustainability in the long run.

flounder swimming underwater in ocean


Flounder is a great fish to try if you’re looking for something new and different from say salmon. Eating it in moderation will be good for your health, too! There are many ways to prepare this tasty seafood dish from the oven, on the stovetop, or even on the grill. What’s your favorite way? Do you have any good recipe that we can add here?

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