Pan-fried lemon sole with capers and parsley

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Fish - lemon sole

So, I got my latest fish box from Delish Fish in Petershead, Scotland. This time is was perfectly vacuum- packed fresh Lemon Sole fillets. Ah, I thought to myself, this will be easy. I know that if kids don’t like fish, it is likely that they WILL like Lemon Sole, because of it’s mild flavour. FYI — If you don’t already know, by the cute little badge at the side of my blog, I’m participating in the Fish is the Dish campaign to help show that fish IS easy to prepare (if I can do it, so can you).

Fish - lemon sole recipe

I thought I would try simple goujons for the girls (recipe below), and something a little more adventurous for the adults.

Fish - dipping

Instead of strips, I cut the fish into chunks. First you dust the the fish in flour, then dip in egg and crushed Jacob’s crackers.

Fish - preparing

It’s more fun if the whole family gets involved. Here’s my daughter being sous chef.

Fish - lemon sole guijons frying

And then sizzling in the pan.

Fish - lemon, capers, butter

For the adults, I tried this simple recipe for pan-fried lemon sole with capers and parsley.

Fish - lemon sole pan fired

You dust th fillets with flour, then pan fry, about three minutes each side.

Fish - lemon sole done

Then you throw in the rest of the ingredients — lemon, butter, capers and parsley. Yum.

The family verdict? The all loved it. My two oldest at 4 pieces of fish each. They are converts. The Scottish side of the family are proud.

Pan-fried sole with lemon, caper and parsley butter sauce


dash olive oil

1 sole fillet, skin removed

salt and freshly ground black pepper

25g butter

2 tsp capers, rinsed and drained

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

squeeze lemon juice


5 tomatoes, roasted, for garnish


  • Season sole with salt and pepper. Heat the oil and add the sole. Fry for 1-2 minutes, then turn over and fry for another 1-2 mnutes.
  • Add the butter, capers and parsley and cook for a minute. Add lemon juice.

Kids lemon sole goujons


Preparation time: 15 – 20 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes



1 fillet per child

6 Jacob crackers – crushed into very small pieces

1 beaten egg

Plain flour

How do you do it?

1.     Cut each lemon sole fillet into goujons, not too small, you don’t want them to fall apart when cooking

2.     Dust the fillets of lemon sole in flour, then egg then crushed crackers. Heat vegetable oil in pan and shallow fry the fillets for a few minutes until coloured

3.     Leave to cool a little on kitchen paper to drain



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