Recipe courtesy of Michael Anthony

Pan-Fried Flounder and Cole Slaw

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
This cole slaw uses the traditional green cabbage, but also incorporates ingredients like turnips and kale. It serves as a simple but delicious summertime garnish for a lightly pan-roasted filet of flounder.


For The Mayonnaise

For The Cole Slaw

For The Flounder


  1. For the Mayonnaise: Separate the egg yolks and place in a large bowl. Add mustard, salt and pepper and whisk to combine. Slowly drizzle in grapeseed oil while whisking to emulsify the yolks. Then, slowly drizzle in olive oil while constantly whisking to continue to emulsify the mayonnaise. When the mayonnaise is thick and rich, whisk in the vinegar. (Makes about 1 1/2 cups)
  2. For the cole slaw: Remove 1 cup of mayonnaise to a small bowl and reserve (This will keep, refrigerated, for up to 2 weeks). To the remaining mayonnaise, add the julienned cabbage, radishes, turnips, and carrots. Season with salt and pepper, and add cider vinegar. Drizzle with olive oil to soften the vegetables, add parsley, and set aside to marinate while preparing the fish.
  3. Heat a nonstick skillet over high heat. Season fish with salt and pepper on both sides. Drizzle one tablespoon of oil in the pan for each piece of fish that is added to the pan and heat until almost smoking. Check marinated coleslaw for seasoning and add salt and pepper if necessary. Fold in kale followed by a squeeze of lemon.While pan is heating, check the marinating cole slaw and adjust for seasoning, adding salt, pepper, mayonnaise or vinegar to taste. Fold in Kale and finish with a squeeze of lemon cheek.
  4. Set aside. Gently add the fish to the pan while keeping it on a high heat. Smash a clove of garlic and lay it in the pan along with a sprig of thyme and butter. Cook 2 minutes, then flip. Baste fish with pan juices and cook 2 more minutes. Repeat with remaining fish adding more oil, butter, garlic and thyme as necessary. Place coleslaw in the center of the plate and gently place the fish on top.