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A type of flatfish that is a member of the flounder family. The skin on the top side is grayish brown to black with the underside white, typical of flatfish which lay on their underside and have two eyes on their top side or left side when considered in a vertical, rather than flat position. Ranging in size from 3 to 5 pounds, fluke is available as a whole fresh fish or in fillets. The fillets will weigh from several ounces to a pound each, with the skin removed. The meat is white and can be broiled or baked.
The fillet meat on the topside or dark side is always thicker than the meat on the bottom side or light side. The flesh is smooth, white and firm in texture, which cooks nicely and flakes easily. The fluke is also known as a summer flounder, a flattie, and a lefteye flounder. A similar type of fish from the same family is the winter flounder that is considered a right-eyed fish. Like the fluke, this fish has similar textured meat that is flavorful and good for baking or broiling.
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