How to make French Sole Meuniere Recipe

Hello, dear friends! It’s Julia from Dinner with Julia. Today, we’re going to explore a classic French dish that has won my heart over and over again – the French Sole Meuniere. My first encounter with French Sole Meuniere was during a trip to Normandy. The delicate, buttery fish, the tangy lemon, and the aromatic parsley – it was love at first bite. Since then, this dish has become a regular feature in my kitchen, and I’m thrilled to share my passion for it with you.

French Sole Meuniere Recipe

Sole Meunière Recipe
A close-up shot of my French Sole Meuniere Recipe, showcasing the golden-brown fish and the glossy brown butter sauce

French Sole Meunière Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people
Calories 450 kcal


  • 1 large bowl


  • Two tablespoon of flour
  • One tablespoon of black pepper
  • Two tablespoon of olive oil
  • Half cup of Dijon mustard
  • One cup of Worcestershire sauce
  • Two teaspoon of chopped capers
  • One pound of fish filets
  • One cup of anchovy paste
  • Two tablespoon of Pernod
  • Half teaspoon of salt
  • Chopped fresh chives


  • Take a large bowl.
  • Add the dried ingredients into the bowl.
  • Mix well.
  • Add the anchovy puree into the bowl.
  • Add the Pernod and spices.
  • Add the steak and rest of the ingredients.
  • Mix the ingredients well.
  • Grill the fish pieces.
  • Dish out the pieces when the fish is cooked on both sides.
  • Your dish is ready to be served.


Keyword chives, fish filets

A New Spin on French Sole Meuniere: Using Alternative Kitchen Tools

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The ingredients for the French Sole Meuniere Recipe laid out on my kitchen counter – fresh sole, flour, butter, lemon, and parsley

Using a Grill Pan

One of my favorite ways to switch things up is by using a grill pan. This gives the fish a beautiful sear and those attractive grill marks that are just so appetizing. Simply dust your sole with flour as usual, then place it in the preheated grill pan. Be sure to monitor it closely to avoid overcooking. The result? A French Sole Meuniere with a slightly smoky flavor and a delightful charred texture.

Trying Out a Sous Vide Machine

A sous vide machine is another great tool you can use. It’s perfect for those times when you want your fish to be super tender and evenly cooked. Just season your sole, place it in a vacuum-sealed bag, and cook it in the sous vide machine at the right temperature. Once done, quickly sear it in a hot pan for that golden-brown finish. The sous vide method takes the French Sole Meuniere to a whole new level of gourmet.

Experimenting with an Air Fryer

If you’re looking for a healthier alternative, why not try using an air fryer? It gives your fish a crispy exterior while keeping the inside moist and tender. Plus, it uses less oil compared to pan-frying! Just remember to adjust the cooking time accordingly, and keep an eye on your fish to prevent it from drying out.

Tips for making French Sole Meuniere

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A step-by-step process of making the French Sole Meuniere – from dusting the fish with flour to drizzling it with the brown butter sauce

French Sole Meuniere is a testament to the beauty of simplicity. It’s all about letting the ingredients shine. The sole is lightly dusted with flour, pan-fried to perfection, and then drizzled with a brown butter sauce infused with lemon and parsley. The result? A dish that’s light yet flavorful, simple yet sophisticated.

Cooking Tips for French Sole Meuniere

Now, let’s dive into some tips to help you master this dish at home.

Tip 1: Choose Your Fish Wisely

The star of this dish is, of course, the sole. Look for fresh, high-quality fish. It should have a clean smell, firm flesh, and bright eyes.

Tip 2: Don’t Overcook the Fish

Sole is a delicate fish that can easily become tough if overcooked. Keep a close eye on it while it’s in the pan. It should be golden brown and just cooked through.

Tip 3: Master the Brown Butter Sauce

The brown butter sauce is what elevates this dish from good to great. Be patient and watch the butter carefully as it browns – it can burn quickly!

Serving Suggestions for French Sole Meuniere

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My French Sole Meuniere Recipe served elegantly on a plate, ready to be enjoyed with a glass of white wine

Wondering how to serve your French Sole Meuniere? Here are my top suggestions:

  • Pair with White Wine: A crisp white wine, like a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, complements the flavors of the fish beautifully.
  • Serve with Vegetables: Lightly steamed asparagus or green beans make a great side dish.
  • Add a Starch: For a more filling meal, serve the fish with boiled new potatoes or a slice of crusty bread.

FAQs About French Sole Meuniere

Before we wrap up, let’s address some common questions about this dish:

  • Can I use another type of fish? Yes, you can substitute sole with other flatfish like flounder or turbot.
  • Can I make the sauce ahead of time? It’s best to make the sauce just before serving to ensure it’s fresh and flavorful.
  • What can I use instead of butter? If you’re dairy-free, you can use a good-quality plant-based butter.
  • Can I add other herbs to the sauce? Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with herbs like dill or tarragon.
  • How do I know when the fish is cooked? The fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork.

Remember, cooking is all about creativity and personal preference. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different tools and techniques. You might just discover your new favorite way to enjoy French Sole Meuniere.

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