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Flounder, Winter (Platichthys Flesus)

A flat fish, commonly found around the shores of Britain, measuring up to about 50 cm. Its dark side is dull brown, and it may have pale orange blobs, but these are never a bright as those found on a Plaice (which is a superior fish).

It is at its best fried with butter and a little lemon juice, when it can be good if fresh.

Although of the same family, this is not the same fish to that known as flounder on the Western side of the Atlantic (Pseudopleuronectes Americanus; Paralichthys dentatus - which are generally known as Winter and Summer Flounder, respectively, and are unknown in British waters) - and are better fish. See 'Fish'

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