Braided Flounder

  • 4 Flounder Filets
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Clarified Butter or Oil, for cooking
  • 4 Tbsp. Chopped Onion
  • 1 oz. Country Ham, Diced
  • Pinch Sugar
  • Splash Cidar Vinegar
  • 1 cup Fresh Shredded Collards
  • 2-3 oz, White Wine
  • 2 oz. More White wine
  • 2 oz. Whole Butter, cubed
  • Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • Steamed Rice, for serving


First, make steamed rice and keep warm. Cut 2 slits length wise down each fish filet and then alternating each of the three strips, proceed to braid the fish, season with salt and pepper and then pan sear in a sauté pan with the clarified butter. Transfer to an oven proof pan and finish in a 350 degree oven for 3 to 5 minutes until done, keep warm. In the mean time with the same pan, cook the ham until it begins to brown, sweat onions until translucent, add sugar then deglaze with vinegar. Toss in the collards and add 2-3 ounces wine cooking slowly with a lid to wilt and cook through. Plate the collards with the rice and the fish. To finish: take the same pan, without washing, and add the remaining wine and reduce by half then using a whisk incorporate the butter cubes to make a sauce to serve over the fish. Garnish with chopped parsley.