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Broiled Flounder with Lemon Cream Sauce

Broiled Flounder with Lemon Cream Sauce makes a quick and easy weeknight meal. It can be ready in under 15 minutes. Flounder fillets are lightly seasoned and then broiled. They are served with an easy lemon cream sauce flavored with garlic.

Broiled Flounder with Lemon Cream Sauce


It’s a light meal that’s perfect for summer and warm weather. Finish off the meal with some steamed broccoli or steamed green beans for a healthy meal.

Not only can Broiled Flounder with Lemon Cream Sauce be prepared in just minutes, there’s very little clean-up.

Flounder fillets are brushed with a little melted butter (olive oil could be used instead) and then sprinkled with Old Bay seasoning. If you don’t care for Old Bay or don’t have any, you can use seasoned salt, Cajun seasoning, or even a little paprika and dill along with salt and pepper.

Broiled Flounder with Lemon Cream Sauce- ready in just 15 minutes!

Flounder fillets are thin so they only take about 8 minutes to broil. While the fish broils, make a quick and easy lemon sauce in a small saucepan by bringing heavy cream and some minced garlic to a simmer. Then add some fresh lemon juice and butter. Easy peasy!

Broiled Flounder with Lemon Cream Sauce

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Broiled Flounder with Lemon Cream Sauce

Broiled Flounder with Lemon Cream Sauce

Broiled Flounder with Lemon Cream Sauce makes a quick and easy weeknight meal. It can be ready in under 15 minutes. Flounder fillets are lightly seasoned and then broiled. They are served with an easy lemon cream sauce flavored with garlic.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 8 minutes
TOTAL: 18 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 flounder fillets
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper


  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Preheat broiler.
  • Brush a little melted butter on foil. Place flounder on top, skin side down.
  • Sprinkle with Old Bay and drizzle with remaining butter.
  • Broil for about 8 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • In a small saucepan, bring cream and garlic to a simmer.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in lemon and butter until the butter is melted.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve sauce with fish.


Note: if you want to thicken the sauce, mix together 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch with 1 teaspoon water and add it to the sauce. Heat until it thickens.
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern

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25 thoughts on “Broiled Flounder with Lemon Cream Sauce”

  1. Diane Applegate

    Super delicious!! I only used skinless flounder. I’m sure I’ll be making this quit often!! Thank you for the recipe!!!😋😋

  2. Very good; cooking time too long. Was done at 6 mins, but flipped it and as recipe said to, and it dried out and browned.

  3. I used flounder that Carlos, Cris, David, Roland D., Nigel & Liam had caught in Long Island Sound over a long period of time. The size of the filets should be specified. It does work with small filets. The lemon in the sauce should have been reduced by half. Why heavy creme at all?

    1. I thought there was too much butter, so I’m interested to know why you felt it better to eliminate the cream.

  4. Very nice, easy. I was able to get the same effect as I would to saute’ the fish on the stove top with less mess. I pulled the fish out when almost done and sprinkled fresh chopped parsley on top, drizzled some of the hot butter from the pan over the parsley to give it a meuniere effect~. I also added some chopped fresh parsley into the sauce which I did thicken by using some of the warm butter sauce with cornstarch instead of extra water then whisked it into the sauce pan.

  5. This recipe was really good. My wife and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I made it exactly as the recipe stated and did thicken the lemon cream sauce. The sauce wasn’t as thick as I had hoped. The next time I prepare this recipe I will thicken the sauce slightly more

    1. Becky,
      Was the shrimp pre cooked? What type of mushrooms did you use, and did you pre cook those? Sounds wonderful!

  6. This is delicious and easy to prep and make in minutes! Perfect weeknight dinner solution. I think one should definitely thicken the sauce. I used 2 tsp corn starch melted into 2 tsp water, and slowly added it to the sauce while whisking continuously and heating it through. Otherwise it would be too runny for anyone’s taste.

  7. This couldn’t be easier and it turned out beautifully. I can’t eat garlic so I left that out, which made the sauce a nice lemony cream sauce.

  8. We needed something to jazz up our flounder since we purchase frozen Alaskan flounder in bulk and eat it regularly. This was just the thing! My husband loves anything with a sauce, so needless to say it was a hit.
    I added red pepper flakes to my plate and will do that next time too, as it boosted the flavor a lot.

    *I followed the ingredients exactly did not need any thickener – just simmered the cream until the sauce thickened on its own. The texture turned out silky and perfect!

  9. Sandra Dees

    Delicious flounder recipe we are in Cape San Blas, Florida here in February, bought flounder from a local store, so fresh!! On the cream sauce, I used the low-fat milk I had on hand and added a packet of instant grits along with the lemon, butter, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and onion flakes that were on hand here at the condo we are staying at. We had the Old Bay here as well for the fish, a must-have ingredient. Our next stop at a La Quinta = grabbing more instant grit packets for sure, as we travel further into the state of Florida!
    My husband was totally amazed at how delish this dish turned out!! We could easily cook this up for the masses!! Delish!!
    Thanks so much for the recipe!

  10. Pamela Rich

    I cannot have dairy, what would you suggest using in place of the cream in the sauce. I was thinking of using coconut milk and thickening with corn starch

    1. I am making this tomorrow and using Silk dairy free heavy whipping cream alternative and plant based butter.

    2. I would think you could use coconut cream or even oat cream and reduce it the same as heavy cream.


    This was so easy and delicious. My picky adult son ate it and commented that the presentation looked like a restaurant meal.

  12. I wanted to make a nice dinner that looked way more difficult than the effort needed! LOL. The flounder was perfect and the sauce was a wonderful but very easy final touch! This has definitely become one of my “go to” meals…

  13. I made it last night and the family was thrilled. I have picky eaters so to try flounder for the first time and they want it again tonight is Awesomeness. I added the corn starch to thicken the sauce and I recommend others to do the same as well. My hubby stated he thought he went out to eat at a restaurant. So pleased. I didnt get a photo last night but I will take one tonight. I will post it as well. So goooooood. I recommend this recipe for sure. It is quick and easy. Great for a healthy option during the school weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Delicious and easy week night meal! Served with puréed cauliflower and broccoli so keto friendly!

    1. My family was super impressed!! The sauce was the perfect amount of lemony buttery goodness. I did double everything & ended up using 2 lemons & did add the cornstarch as well. Will definitely be making again & again! Thanks for making me a kitchen superhero tonight 😉

  15. This was absolutely amazing! I used Sole instead of Flounder and it was restaurant good!!! Thanks for the great recipe.

    1. Debbbie Bramblitt

      I couldn’t find any nutrition info.
      Did i just miss it?
      Re:Broiled Flounder in Lemon Cream

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