Sole in Lemon and Oil (Sogliola al Limone ed Olio)
Author: Mary Ann Esposito
  • 1/4 Cup extra-virgin olive oil; plus
  • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • juice of 2 large lemons
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/3 Cup finely-minced flat-leaf parsley; plus
  • additional sprigs for garnish
  • fine sea salt, to taste
  • freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 pounds sole or flounder fillets
  • lemon wedges; for serving
  1. In a glass dish large enough to hold the fish in one layer, mix together 1/4 cup of the olive oil, the lemon juice, garlic, parsley, and salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a skillet, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil until smoking hot. Add the fish, a few pieces at a time, and fry until golden brown, turning once or twice. Remove the fish to a cutting board and let cool. Set the pan aside.
  3. Cut the fish into small squares and place them in the marinade. Strain any oil remaining in the frying pan and pour it over the fish. Cover the dish tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight, occasionally spooning the marinade over the fish.
  4. Bring the fish to room temperature before serving. Arrange the fish on a platter and garnish with lemon wedges and sprigs of parsley.
This recipe yields 8 servings.

Comments: The ancient Romans gave the name solea to sole because this flatfish reminds them of the sole of a sandal. A carryover of the ancient Roman practice of preserving fish is sole marinated in lemon juice and olive oil, prepared for la vigilia. Dover or gray sole, both mild in flavor and delicate in texture, are good for this dish, but the firmer petrale sole, which is really flounder, is a good substitute.

Source: Ciao Italia at

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 105 Calories; 12g Fat (99.0% calories from fat); trace Protein; trace Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; trace Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Fat.

NOTES : Recipefrom "Celebrations Italian Style" by Mary A. Esposito, (Morrow Cookbooks, 1995)
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