Pan Fried Sole with Lemon

Rating:

Total Time:

15 minutes

Difficulty:

Easy

Say hello to the first fish recipe I ever made as a private chef! Pan Fried Sole with Lemon and Herbs was a favorite for my first clients and let me tell you… it was delish but it wasn’t nearly as beautiful as this photo! lol

Pan Fried Sole with Lemon and Herbs from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Pan Fried Sole is one of my favorite fish recipes! It’s beyond simple, only a few ingredients. The flavors are so delicate and it’s so versatile and you can serve it alongside pretty much every side dish. It’s perfect with a butter lettuce salad, delish with a side of greens, or a lovely compliment to our favorite asparagus recipe.

A few tips and tricks to keep in mind when you’re making Sole:

  • It’s a very delicate fish, so handle with care. When you flip it, it’s best if you can use a very wide spatula or even 2 so it doesn’t fall apart when flipping. If that’s not available to you, I’m of the mindset that you can easily cut the fish into 2 pieces and cook two at a time.
  • Don’t skip the flour – it acts as a little bit of a crust and it gives the fish a little crispy bite.
  • The lemon really brings out all the flavor. It’s a perfect compliment to any fish and as you know, I put lemon on just about everything!
Pan Fried Sole with Lemon and Herbs from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Pan Fried Sole with Lemon and Herbs

Gaby
Pan Fried Sole is one of my favorite fish recipes! It's beyond simple, only a few ingredients. The flavors are so delicate and it's so versatile and you can serve it alongside pretty much every side dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course, Dinner
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 4 6-ounce skinless sole fillets
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges, for serving
  • parsley to garnish

Instructions
 

  • Season the sole filets with salt and pepper, then dust with flour on both sides, shaking off any excess flour.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. When foaming subsides, add the fish.
  • Cook the fish, turning once with two wide spatulas, until golden-brown, about 3 minutes on each side. If one side gets too dark, reduce the heat to medium.
  • Transfer the fish to a plate, garnish with parsley and lemon wedges. Serve immediately.

Notes

If you’re making all 4 of these, or doubling the recipe, it’s best to have a large baking sheet ready so you can place the cooked pieces of fish on the baking sheet and keep warm in a 200 degree oven until ready to serve all the fish at once. 

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7 comments

  1. Faye

    I added capers to the lemon sauce. This was so easy and delicious!

  2. Theresa

    5 stars
    Love this simple classic recipe. This is how my Mom used to cook filet of sole. It tastes so good, especially the crispy edges.

  3. Maika Manring

    This looks amazing! Can it be done gluten free and vegan with GF flour and with vegan butter? Thank you!

  4. Carolyn Matzura

    I love this and usually top with crab stuffing and my homemade orange sauce. It is to die for.