King of the soles. This superb fish inspired many classic dishes such as Poached Sole Bonne Femme, Sole Veronique and Sole a la Meunière. With dark brown skin and a longer and narrower shaped body than other flatfish, Dover sole has a crisp white flesh, firm to touch, with an almost sweet taste. They range in size from 340g to 1.3kg. Small Dover sole are sometimes known as tongues (up to 280g) and slips (280-340g).
As it’s often too firm to cook immediately after being caught, it is usually best after one or two days when the texture and flavour is enhanced. Fish of 400g-450g are perfect for serving whole a la meunière – skinned both sides, dusted in seasoned flour and pan-fried. A 680g fish will provide two portion-size fillets.
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