Fried lemon sole with shrimp recipe

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Quick-fry lemon sole with shrimp and caper butter is a tasty supper served with boiled potatoes and a light salad - just 280 calories per serving

Lemon sole recipe.
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Cost RangeMid
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories280 Kcal14%
Fat15 g21%
Saturated Fat8 g40%

This fried lemon sole with shrimp looks decadent but it's easy to do. And it's ready in just 20 minutes.

Lemon sole is strangely named, since it's not actually a sole (it's a flounder, like plaice) and it doesn't taste of lemon. Like most fish though, it does taste nice with a little lemon drizzled over. It's one of our favourite fish. It's white and flakey with a delicious taste that benefits from simple cooking with a little butter. This recipe uses boneless fillets which are easy to cook. Even better, they're easy to eat as you don't have to remove the bones. It serves four, and we recommend it with some boiled new potatoes tossed in a little fresh parsley or mint.


  • 50g butter, plus extra for frying
  • 2tbsp capers, roughly chopped
  • 1tbsp finely chopped curly parsley
  • 4 boneless lemon sole fillets
  • 2tbsp plain flour
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 57g tub potted brown shrimps
  • ground white pepper
  • ½ lemon
  • boiled potatoes, to serve




  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the capers and heat through for a few mins, then stir in the parsley and set aside.
  2. Pat the fish dry with kitchen paper and set aside. Sprinkle the flour onto a large plate and season with cayenne pepper and salt and pepper. Dip the fish into the flour to lightly coat both sides.
  3. Heat a knob of butter in a large frying pan and once foaming, add the fish, skin-side down. Cook for 2 mins, turn over and cook for a further 1-2 mins until just cooked through.
  4. Add the shrimps to the caper butter, season with pepper and a squeeze of lemon; heat through gently. Serve with the fish and the boiled potatoes.

Top tips for making fried lemon sole with shrimp

Frozen sole fillets are usually cheaper than fresh ones, just ensure they are not breaded or dusted. Defrost them by submerging them in cold water for half an hour before cooking.

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Jessica Dady
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Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies