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Turbans of Flounder Is Elegant and Delicious!

This dish was inspired by Chef Nathaniel Burton's famous Stuffed Flounder.

Stuffed Turbans of Flounder

Prep Time: 1 Hour

Yields: 8 Servings


This dish was inspired by Chef Nathaniel Burton’s famous Stuffed Flounder. Master Chef Nathaniel Burton, co-author of Creole Feast, was born in McComb, Miss. in 1914. Starting as a busboy at the Hotel New Orleans, he worked his way up to be one of the most respected Creole chefs in the city. He is best known for heading the kitchen of the famous Pontchartrain Hotel on St. Charles Avenue as well as Broussard’s in the French Quarter. In addition to teaching many young chefs the art of Creole cooking in his kitchen, he shared his experiences with students at the Culinary Institute of America and Cornell University.


8 (4-ounce) fillets of flounder

salt and black pepper to taste

granulated garlic to taste

¾ cup melted butter, divided

1 cup minced onions

1 cup minced celery

½ cup minced red bell peppers

½ cup minced green bell peppers

¼ cup minced garlic

1 cup (70–90 count) shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 cup white wine, divided

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 cup shellfish stock

1 pound lump crabmeat

2 cups seasoned Italian bread crumbs

½ cup water


Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly oil deep baking pan with olive oil spray and set aside. Season flounder well on both sides with salt, pepper and granulated garlic then set aside. In a large sauté pan, heat ¼ cup butter over medium-high heat. Add onions, celery, bell peppers and minced garlic and sauté 3–5 minutes or until vegetables are wilted, stirring occasionally. Add shrimp and cook 5–7 minutes or until pink and curled. Deglaze with ½ cup wine and reduce to half volume. Pour in cream and stock, bring to a rolling boil then reduce to simmer. Cook until sauce is reduced by half. Gently fold in crabmeat then season to taste with salt, pepper and granulated garlic. Sprinkle in just enough bread crumbs, 1 cup at a time, to absorb liquid and hold mixture together, mixing until a stuffing consistency is achieved. Remove from heat and adjust seasonings if necessary. Divide mixture into 8 portions. Roll each fillet of fish around one portion of stuffing, ensuring that ends of the fillet overlap each other and securing with a toothpick if necessary. Stand up each turban on prepared baking pan. If desired, add a slice of lemon and a dash of paprika on top of stuffing for each fillet. Add remaining wine, melted butter and ½ cup water to bottom of baking pan and bake 25–30 minutes or until fish flakes easily and stuffing is heated through. Serve immediately.