For six or seven months, I’ve been loving fish cooked in vegetables or with vegetables or as a part of a salad. Maybe longer. Just think of it. Simple white (any color, really) fish that absorbs the flavor of vegetables, is a complete dish (or almost) when it comes out of the pan, and lets you eat your carbs at the other meals. Or not. To say nothing of getting your however many servings of vegetables. Right there. Right then.
I’ve done fish “tacos” this way, fish salads with proscuitto, snapper in tomatoes, onions and olives, etc. I even put sole in a spicy broth and felt naughty. After all, sole is supposed to be…
Well, what is sole supposed to be? I always think of meuniere when I think of sole. And I make that fairly often. Especially for just me. What’s easier? While I link to Ina’s recipe for it, really you can make it without a recipe, I’d think. Very lightly flour, salt and pepper up your sole, saute it in butter for a couple of minutes, take it out of the pan onto a heated plate. Add another tablespoon of butter into the pan, melt, and squeeze in a lemon. Pour that over the fish on the plate and scatter some chopped parsley on top. I like another dusting of salt and pepper. If you have some greens on your plate, the sole and lemon butter will create your dressing. Et voila, dinner is served in… how many minutes? And how much sole do you need? How hungry are you? 1/4 of a pound is ample. If you buy a half pound, cook it all and eat the rest cold the next day with some green beans or tomatoes.
This sole, however, was a dream before I cooked it. Fish cooked on leeks and just a smidge of garlic. Nestled in some greens and a little tomato and yellow pepper for color. No dressing that’s made ahead per se, but a dressing is definitely made, once again, by lemon and olive oil. Quick and healthy and lovely for a hot night. Add a little Sauvignon Blanc, maybe a bite of bread and butter or cheese, and there you are!
Sole on Leeks with Salad serves 2
2T olive oil, divided
6 leeks, whites and light green only, trimmed, washed very well, and sliced thinly
1 garlic clove, minced finely
1/4 c fresh parsley, divided
2T fresh chives, chopped, divided
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
1/2 # sliced fresh Dover sole
1 lemon, halved
1/4 c white wine or chicken stock
3c salad greens
1 tomato, chopped finely
1/4 yellow sweet pepper, chopped medium
In a large skillet, heat butter and 1T of the olive oil over medium heat. Add leeks and cook about 10 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic, 2T of the parsley and 1T of the chives. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Cook another minute or so until vegetables are very wilted and beginning to brown.