I know that sea food is ideally consumed within minutes of being caught, and that's a great ideal, but one which isn't realistic for me. (That damn time-money thing.). But my daughter and I like fish, so I explore less than perfect alternates.
I bought a bag of Kroger store brand wild caught flounder fillets. I've bought similar Kroger fish products before. The fillets are very thin, like less than a centimeter at its thickest point. They express lots of water as they thaw. I try to eliminate as much water as I can by placing the fish on a rack over a dish in the fridge. I cover the fish with plastic wrap and place books on top to squeeze out water as they thaw. My usual cooking method is pan searing. I'm not satisfied with my results because the fillets quickly fall apart, or get stuck on the pan, or steam rather than sear. I'm not crazy about steamed fish. I like some crispness.
Is there anything I can do to get better results? Or is the product just hopelessly limited?