Pan-fried lemon sole fillets with salsa verde

Lemon Sole Fillets

Serves 2

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled

  • 1 handful capers, drained

  • 1 handful gherkins, drained and finely chopped

  • 6 good-quality anchovy fillets in oil, finely chopped

  • 2 bunches fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

  • 1 bunch fresh basil, leaves picked and finely chopped

  • 1 bunch fresh mint, leaves picked and finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • red wine vinegar

  • good-quality extra virgin olive oil

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 300 g new potatoes, scrubbed or peeled

  • 4 double sole fillets, from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger, pinboned

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • flour

  • 300 g purple sprouting broccoli

  • olive oil

  • 1 knob butter

  • 1 lemon

To make your salsa verde, finely chop the garlic and put in a bowl. Add the capers, gherkins, anchovies, parsley, basil and mint. Mix in the mustard and 1 or 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, then 3 good lugs of olive oil, adding more if needed to make a loose mixture. Balance the flavours with pepper and, if necessary, salt and a little more red wine vinegar.



Put your new potatoes into a large pan of salted, boiling water and cook for 12 minutes with the lid on. Put the sole fillets into a clean plastic bag and season nicely with salt and pepper and a small handful of flour. Toss around until all the fillets are well coated. Just before you start cooking the fish, put your broccoli into a colander, place on top of the potato pan, cover with the lid and steam for 4 minutes or so until cooked.



While the broccoli is steaming, heat a lug of olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan and quickly but carefully put your fillets in so they all cook at the same time. Cook for a couple of minutes until beautifully golden, then, starting with the fillet that went in first, turn them all over. Once you've done that, add the butter to colour and flavour the fillets. Cook for no more than another 2 minutes. When the fillets are golden on both sides, remove the pan from the heat. Wait for 20 seconds before squeezing in the juice of ½ the lemon and shaking the pan about, otherwise the lemon juice will burn black and ruin the whole thing.



Divide the fish fillets between your plates with some of the juices from the pan. Drain the potatoes and divide them and the broccoli between the plates. Spoon the salsa verde over the fish and veg, put a lemon wedge beside each and tuck in – heaven!

Nutritional Information

Pan-fried lemon sole fillets with salsa verde

Served with greens and new potatoes

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I just love the speed with which you can turn some sole fillets, tossed in flour, salt and pepper and fried in butter and olive oil, into a lovely little dinner with some nice greens and a squeeze of lemon juice. Put a few other side dishes with it if you feel a bit greedy – new potatoes, asparagus, broccoli – the ultimate fast food. Brilliant!

To make your salsa verde, finely chop the garlic and put in a bowl. Add the capers, gherkins, anchovies, parsley, basil and mint. Mix in the mustard and 1 or 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, then 3 good lugs of olive oil, adding more if needed to make a loose mixture. Balance the flavours with pepper and, if necessary, salt and a little more red wine vinegar.

Put your new potatoes into a large pan of salted, boiling water and cook for 12 minutes with the lid on. Put the sole fillets into a clean plastic bag and season nicely with salt and pepper and a small handful of flour. Toss around until all the fillets are well coated. Just before you start cooking the fish, put your broccoli into a colander, place on top of the potato pan, cover with the lid and steam for 4 minutes or so until cooked.

While the broccoli is steaming, heat a lug of olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan and quickly but carefully put your fillets in so they all cook at the same time. Cook for a couple of minutes until beautifully golden, then, starting with the fillet that went in first, turn them all over. Once you've done that, add the butter to colour and flavour the fillets. Cook for no more than another 2 minutes. When the fillets are golden on both sides, remove the pan from the heat. Wait for 20 seconds before squeezing in the juice of ½ the lemon and shaking the pan about, otherwise the lemon juice will burn black and ruin the whole thing.

Divide the fish fillets between your plates with some of the juices from the pan. Drain the potatoes and divide them and the broccoli between the plates. Spoon the salsa verde over the fish and veg, put a lemon wedge beside each and tuck in – heaven!

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 955
    48%
  • Carbs 40.1g
    15%
  • Sugar 6.8g 8%
  • Fat 56.1g 80%
  • Saturates 11.6g 58%
  • Protein 66.5g 147%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 1 clove garlic, peeled

  • 1 handful capers, drained

  • 1 handful gherkins, drained and finely chopped

  • 6 good-quality anchovy fillets in oil, finely chopped

  • 2 bunches fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

  • 1 bunch fresh basil, leaves picked and finely chopped

  • 1 bunch fresh mint, leaves picked and finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • red wine vinegar

  • good-quality extra virgin olive oil

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 300 g new potatoes, scrubbed or peeled

  • 4 double sole fillets, from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger, pinboned

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • flour

  • 300 g purple sprouting broccoli

  • olive oil

  • 1 knob butter

  • 1 lemon