Zesty Cilantro Flounder with Pigeon Peas and Rice

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Whisk together a simple zesty cilantro sauce to awaken the sweet, bright flavors of flounder. Bake to perfection and serve with pigeon peas and rice, a popular and satisfying accompaniment throughout the Caribbean.



  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Whisk 1 tablespoon each olive oil and cilantro, the hot sauce, lime zest and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Put the fish in a large baking dish, leaving room between the fillets; top with the cilantro sauce. Bake until the fish is opaque and cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the shallots, celery, jalapeño, the remaining cilantro and ½ teaspoon salt. Cook until the vegetables start softening, about 3 minutes.
  3. Stir the pigeon peas and 1 cup water into the pot. Bring to a boil, then add the rice and tomatoes; cook until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Stir in the lime juice and season with salt and pepper. Serve the fish with the pigeon peas and rice.