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Taste Of Belmar: Sautéed Brown-Butter Flounder From Klein’s Seafood Restaurant [RECIPE]

The “Taste of Belmar” series on this blog features recipes contributed by local restaurants in Belmar, New Jersey. In this edition, Klein’s Seafood Restaurant, Market and Tiki Bar shares their recipe for pan-sautéed fluke (summer flounder) in a butter-lemon sauce.


Recipe: Flounder With Brown Butter, Lemon and Tarragon Sauce


1 cup all-purpose flour

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Pinch of cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 flounder fillets of equal size, 6 to 8 ounces each

3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1 teaspoon chopped tarragon

A few tarragon leaves, for garnish

Lemon wedges


Put flour in a shallow bowl and season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of cayenne.

Place a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and coat the bottom of the pan.

Season the flounder with salt and pepper. Dip each fillet quickly into the flour mixture, shaking off excess flour.

Lay fillets in the skillet in one layer. Cook for about 2 minutes per side, until golden. Remove from pan, keep warm. Leave the heat at medium-high and add the cold butter. Let butter sizzle until foamy and brown, but do not let it burn. Add lemon juice, parsley, and chopped tarragon and swirl to incorporate.

Spoon butter sauce over fish. Garnish with a few tarragon leaves and serve immediately with lemon wedges.


About Klein’s Seafood Restaurant

Klein's Seafood Restaurant is a fourth-generation family business that is celebrating its 93rd year of service in 2023. The restaurant is situated along the Shark River, so you can watch the fishing boats, kayakers, and paddleboarders pass by from the Belmar Marina. Boaters who wish to dock and dine can access the restaurant from the Shark River Inlet.

With its tranquil views of the water, Klein's Tiki Bar is a popular spot for happy hour and outside dining. All indoor and outdoor seating a Klein's is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The restaurant does not take reservations.

Flounder for this recipe may be purchased at Klein’s takeout seafood market adjacent to the restaurant. Or, book a fluke fishing trip on one of the head boats sailing from the Belmar Marina and catch your own fresh fish.

Some of our favorite foods to order at Klein’s are the Belmar Beach sushi roll, boom-boom shrimp, and the New England clam chowder.

Klein's Seafood Restaurant & Tiki Bar

708 River Road

Belmar, New Jersey



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Recipe courtesy of Klein’s Seafood Market and Waterside Café via Facebook. Story and photos © copyright by Christine Cardellino, owner of and publisher of the award-winning Belmar Beachcomber Blog, a travel and tourism guide for the Belmar region of the Jersey Shore. Do not copy any content (including images) without our permission. All rights reserved.


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