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Easy White Wine Sole Recipe

Sole Inspired by Julia

Whenever I chat with someone about the film Julie & Julia, it seems the famous recipe for beef Borgignonne enters the conversation. However, when I watched the movie it wasn't this dish that stood out in my mind. It was the sole meuniere — the life-changing fish that Julia enjoyed upon her arrival in France — that I long to taste. Since I have a copy of my grandmother's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, I went home and looked for Julia's recipe.Unfortunately it's not in the book, so I hit the Internet in search of a buttery white-fish recipe. Although it's not necessarily a classic sole meuniere, I experimented with this sole and herbed white wine lemon sauce. The final result wasn't a culinary revelation, but it was decidedly delicious. If you're looking for a light, filling meal with fresh flavors, why not channel Child? For the recipe, keep reading.

Sole With Herbed White Wine Lemon Sauce

Easy White Wine Sole Recipe 2009-08-20 16:13:17

Ingredients

1 medium shallot, finely chopped
1 cup dry white wine
2 lemons, 1 juiced and 1 sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup capers, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup loosely packed mixed fresh herbs, such as parsley, tarragon, chervil, dill, and thyme, roughly chopped
4 (about 6 ounces each) sole fillets

Directions

  1. Combine shallot, wine, and lemon juice in a small skillet; set over high heat. Bring to a boil; simmer until liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup, about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat; whisk in butter, capers, 1/4 teaspoon salt, a pinch of pepper, and 3/4 of the herbs. Set aside; keep warm.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; add 3 tablespoons sauce.
  4. Season both sides of fillets with remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper. Arrange fillets and lemon slices in skillet; sprinkle with some herbs.
  5. Cook until fillets are golden, about 4 minutes. Turn, sprinkle with remaining herbs, and cook until fish is cooked through, about 3 minutes. Serve with lemon slices and remaining sauce.

Serves 4.

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cotedazur cotedazur 6 years
Sole meunière is actually really simple - you roll fresh sole filets in flour, then pan-fry them briefly in butter. The fish stays very moist inside and it's delicious. But I love sole with shallots and lemon, so I think I'll be making this sauce next time. Thanks!
Emmygirl Emmygirl 6 years
Thank you for posting this! I just saw the movie last week and I loved this scene - the food was so good they couldn't even put it into words! Will definately be trying this :)
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