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

Sole With Herbed White Wine Lemon Sauce


  1. 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
  2. 1 cup dry white wine
  3. 2 lemons, 1 juiced and 1 sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  4. 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  5. 1/4 cup capers, roughly chopped
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. Freshly ground black pepper
  8. 1 cup loosely packed mixed fresh herbs, such as parsley, tarragon, chervil, dill, and thyme, roughly chopped
  9. 4 (about 6 ounces each) sole fillets


  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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