JADED FLOUNDER

Ah, enjoy the piquancy of the beloved jaded flounder, deliciously baked.

Ah, enjoy the piquancy of the beloved jaded flounder, deliciously baked.

• 1 pound flounder fillets (or any local fish fillets or scallops)

• 1/2 bunch cilantro stems and leaves

• 3 cloves garlic

• 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

• 1 hot chile. Adjust the piquancy to your liking—use a scotch bonnet or habanero for a spicy rendition; two serranos for medium; or a big jalapeño for mild.

• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

• 1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seeds

• juice of half a lemon

• 3 tablespoons neutral oil like sunflower or canola

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Arrange the fish fillets in a single layer in a baking dish that just fits them.

Put the remainder of the ingredients into a food processor and whiz into submission. Dump the sauce on the fish. Swish the fillets around a bit so that they are napped with the sauce all over. Pop into the oven and bake about 10 minutes, or until fish just flakes.

Serves 2; nice over basmati rice.

Paula Marcoux recipe.

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