Brown Butter Sole 
with Herb Salad

This elegant dish is incredibly simple. If your fishmonger doesn’t have smaller grey sole fillets, buy two larger 8- to 10-ounce fillets and halve them crosswise.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • Four 5- to 6-ounce sole fillets, preferably grey sole

  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 large thyme sprigs

  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fennel fronds

  • 1/2 cup light green celery leaves

  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves

  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves

  • 1/2 cup Thai basil leaves 

  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

  • Lemon wedges, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. Season the fish with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, melt 
2 tablespoons of the butter with 1 thyme sprig and cook until starting to brown. Add 2 sole fillets and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a platter; tent with foil. Repeat with the remaining butter, thyme and fish. 

  2. In a medium bowl, toss the fennel fronds with the celery, parsley, cilantro and Thai basil leaves. Drizzle with olive oil, 
season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.

  3. Transfer the sole to a platter or plates and top with the herb salad. Serve immediately, passing lemon wedges at the table.

Contributed By Photo © John Kernick Published March 2017

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Aggregate Rating value: 5

Review Count: 1

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Svetlana kaplan

Review Body: Nom nom nom! Originally, i thought this would be way too simple and that I wouldnt care for the herb salad but i was proven wrong. I modified the salad a bit by using celery not just the leaves, and actual fennel not just the fronds. This made it heartier and i also chopped everything up. The basil was a lovely option. yum

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2017-03-16