How the Locals Eat Fish

For the past few years, my family and I have rented a house at the beach. It is the perfect way to end the summer… building sandcastles and splashing in the waves and mostly just relaxing before we get into the hustle and bustle of the school year.  It is always an adventure when we arrive, checking out our new residence and of course exploring the town.  This summer we went to Shelter Island, New York.  Shelter Island is about a 2.5 hour drive from New York City, including a 5 minute ferry ride. Our first day in Shelter Island wasn’t super sunny and we didn’t have a parking permit for the beach yet, so we decided to start our day with a trip to the local supermarket or IGA as the locals call it.  We filled our cart with the necessities for the week along with a few extras. My husband was in charge of selecting something for lunch.  When we were leaving he told me he was disappointed they didn’t have a fish counter because that is what he wanted to make for lunch.  I suggested maybe there is a fish market we could go to. Sure enough Bills Fish Market and Restaurant was right next to the IGA.  We got some swordfish and tuna steaks that day and returned a few times throughout our stay to get a variety of fish.  Loving the idea of eating something local, we opted for the flounder one day. Here is the recipe I used. It was delicious.

Happy Friday,



Crispy Parmesan Flounder

Makes 4 Servings


4 flounder fillets(about 1 ½ pounds)

4 tablespoons butter

½ cup parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon La Boite Cancale N. 11

Salt and pepper to taste


-Combine parmesan cheese and La Boite Cancale N. 11 in a bowl. Set Aside.

-Over high heat, melt butter in a large sauté pan.  Season the flounder with salt and pepper (go light on the salt as the parmesan cheese will add more saltiness).  Once the butter has melted and is hot, add the flounder to the pan.  Cook on each side for about 2 minutes.

-Once the fillets have been flipped top with the parmesan cheese mixture.  Place under the preheated broiler until the cheese melts, about 4 minutes.

-Serve with fresh tomatoes and corn from the farmers market.


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