Food & dining

Recipe for steamed flounder with summer vegetables, basil, and tarragon

Bamboo-steamed flounder with spring vegetables and basil by chef Gordon Hamersley.
Dina Rudick/Globe Staff
Bamboo-steamed flounder with spring vegetables and basil by chef Gordon Hamersley.

Serves 4

4leaves Savoy cabbage
pounds blackback flounder fillets
(4 medium or 8 small)
1medium carrot, sliced into thin rounds
½small bulb fennel, cored and thinly sliced
8snap peas, cut once on the diagonal
½stalk celery, thinly sliced, plus 4-6 leaves
1radish, cut into matchsticks
6leaves basil
4small sprigs tarragon
1scallion, cut into 1-inch lengths, then sliced vertically into thin strips
6leaves spinach
Red pepper flakes, to taste
Salt, to taste
4thin slices lemon
¼cup dry white wine
2tablespoons olive oil (optional)

1. Have on hand 2 10-inch bamboo or other steamers. Rinse the bamboo steamers before using. Line 2 8-inch heatproof saucers or shallow bowls with 2 cabbage leaves each.

2. Fold each fillet into a loose roll and divide between the 2 saucers, placing the fish on top of the cabbage leaves.

3. Place the carrots, fennel, peas, celery, celery leaves, radish, basil, tarragon sprigs, scallions, and spinach around and on top of the flounder rolls, dividing evenly between the 2 saucers.

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4. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and salt. Place the lemon slices around the fish, 2 per saucer, and pour the white wine evenly over the fish. Place one saucer in each steamer and cover.

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5. Fill 2 14-inch saute pans with about 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. Place the bamboo steamers inside the saute pans. Cook over medium-high heat for 7-10 minutes or until the flounder is tender when pierced with the tip of a small paring knife. You may need to add a little more water if it evaporates too quickly.

6. Turn off the heat and wait for 30 seconds to let the steam subside. Remove steamer covers. Using a kitchen towel, lift the saucers from the steamers.

7. Slide the fish, vegetables, and cooking juices into a warm bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and serve immediately. Gordon Hamersley

Gordon Hamersley can be reached at cookingwithgordonhamersley@gmail.com