You can cook Dover sole in many ways: pan-searing, grilling, baking and poaching. Whichever cooking method you choose for dover sole, we have cooking times and temperatures for you! Be careful when cooking Dover sole to prevent it from becoming dry or overcooked. Translation in French: sole.
How do I cook Dover sole?
- Preparing Dover sole
- Cooking Dover sole in a pan
- Cooking Dover sole on a grill
- Cooking Dover sole in an oven
- Cooking Dover sole in a pot
Dover sole is often sold whole or as fillets, and it can be found in the seafood section of most supermarkets. Your fishmonger will have scaled, gutted and prepared the fish when you buy it. Whole dover sole can be more difficult to prepare, but it is also considered the most flavorful and impressive way to serve this delicious fish.
Cooking Dover sole in a pan is a super quick way to cook it.
1. Dredge your Dover sole in flour (Some people might not do so, but it’s better so that the fish doesn’t stick to the pan)
2. Heat up your frying pan (or skillet) with a little oil or butter (clarified butter is even better!).
3. Cook for 5 minutes on each side. The sole is ideally cooked when the fillets detach themselves from the central bone.
Grilled Dover sole
Cooking Dover sole on a grill. Grilling Dover sole is great when the weather is clement and you can grill outside!
1. Preheat your grill to high heat.
2. Brush the Dover sole with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
3. Grill the fish for 3-4 minutes per side, until it is cooked through and lightly charred.
Baked Dover sole
Cooking sole in the oven is a favorite of mine.
1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
2. Place your fillets in a baking dish and season with salt, pepper, and any other herbs or spices you like.
3. Bake the Dover sole fillets for 10-12 minutes, until it is cooked through and flaky.
Cook Dover sole in pot
Cooking Dover sole in a pot. If your Dover soles are on the larger side, poaching them is a better idea.
1. Bring a large pot of water to a simmer. Season the water with salt, lemon juice, and any other aromatics you like (such as thyme or bay leaves).
2. Add your fillets to the water and poach them for 5-7 minutes, until they are cooked through and tender.
Dover sole is a flatfish from the Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea. It is considered one of the finest fish available.