Easy Pan Fried Sole Fish With Lemon-Butter Sauce

"This is a pretty basic recipe but it is just delicious! You can use lemon pepper in place of black pepper."
photo by Sean S. photo by Sean S.
photo by Sean S.
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  • Mix the flour with seasoned salt and pepper in a shallow dish.
  • Dredge the fish fillets in the flour mixture.
  • Heat a large skillet over high heat.
  • Add in about 3 tablespoons butter to the hot skillet.
  • Saute the fillets in 2 batches, cooking on each side (on high heat about 2 minutes per side) or until just cooked through; transfer the fish to a plate to keep warm.
  • Add in the remaining 4 tablespoons butter and cook until golden in colour; add in lemon juice, bring to a boil and add in the parsley.
  • Season the sauce with salt and pepper.
  • Pour the warm sauce over the fish.
  • Serve immediately.

Questions & Replies

  1. Can I add cornmeal to the flour


  1. Delicious! I added some olive oil to the butter to fry the fillets. It helps prevent the butter from burning and turning black. Also, I turned off the burner when I flipped the fish. Again, this prevents burning. When you cook at high heat with butter, you need to be careful as it burns really quickly. BTW, for those who are not so experienced, high heat does not necessarily mean "max". It depends of the stove and the kind of pan you use i.e. a cast iron pan can sustain much higher heat than a t-fal. When you notice it starts smoking, remove the pan from the heat and continue cooking your fish. Don't be afraid to add butter/oil. or to turn your fish earlier than 2 minutes. The best advice I can give to anyone starting to cook is do not rely 100% on a recipe. Use your nose and your eyes. Tasting most foods as they cook is also a must so you can adjust seasonings. Also a good dose of common sense is helpful. Experiment and have fun in the kitchen! This recipe goes very well with a nice Chardonnay!
  2. Very good, easy and fast! I used rice flour to get an even brown without overcooking the fish and only a dash of salt. Excellent dinner! Thanks for sharing!
  3. My grocery store did not have any sole filets, so I used Tilapia. The simple recipes always seem to be the best. We enjoyed this very much. Added a small handful of sliced almonds to the butter and sauteed them before adding the lemon juice. Wonderful! Thanks Kit.
  4. great recipe!
  5. Love,love,love this recipe!!! My only modification is adding panko bread crumbs to the flour,makes them fluffier... I use these to make fish tacos, with cabbage,cilantro,serano,onion,lime juice, cumin and mayo slaw. The best fish tacos ever!!!


  1. Can't believe it but I finally found a fish recipe that my non-fish eating hubby loves! Everytime I want to serve fish for dinner, he either suddenly isn't hungry or he asks for something else. Not this recipe, though. I substituted lemon pepper for black pepper and it really intensified the lemon flavor. Next time, however, I'll cut back a bit on the butter or else use light butter instead. Delicious!
  2. This was delicious! I used about 1/3 less butter and used lime juice instead of the lemon juice.



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