Recipe: Sole Meuniere

When I watched Julie and Julia, I was amazed with all the food they cooked in the movie. One of them is the pan fried fish that Julia had the first time she arrived in Paris.

So I browsed and looked for the fish recipe, which is surprisingly very simple.

But, don’t under estimate the simplicity of the recipe, because the result is really really REALLY good!

So if you’re in the mood to cook fish, you should really try out this recipe!

Makes 2 portion

Adapted from “Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics” by Ina Garten

  • All-purpose flour, 1/2 cup
  • Salt, 2 teaspoons, (add a bit more for sprinkling)
  • Pepper, 1 teaspoon
  • Sole, 4 fillets, 3 to 4 ounces each (I used halibut fillet, however you can also choose other types of fish such as cod fish or any whitefish that you like)
  • Lemon zest, grated, 1 teaspoon
  • Freshly-squeezed lemon juice, 6 tablespoons, from about 3 lemons
  • Fresh parsley, minced, 2 tablespoons

Pat sole fillets dry with paper towels and sprinkle one side with some salt.

Combine flour, salt and pepper in a big shallow plate.

Heat 3 tablespoons of butter in a pan over medium heat until it starts to turn brown in color. Dredge the fillets in the flour mixture on both sides and place in the hot butter. Low the heat to medium-low and cook for 2 minutes. Turn carefully with a metal spatula and cook for two minutes on the other side. While the second side cooks, add half of the lemon zest and juice to the pan.

Plate the fillets on the warmed plates and pour any pan sauce over them. Keep the cooked fillets warm in the oven while you repeat with the remaining two fillets.

Sprinkle cooked fillets with parsley and serve immediately.

Note: you can serve it with sauteed bell pepper and mushroom for variation.

Smells fishy? Actually, no.

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