Sole colbert recipe

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serves: 2
Skill: medium
Prep: 15 min
Cooking: 15 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 532 kCal 27%
Fat 33g 47%
  -  Saturates 14g 70%
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  • Fancy cooking a bit of fish? Why not try something a little different than the usual cod and chips? This sole colbert was first featured in Woman’s Weekly in 1951


    • 1 rounded teaspoon flour
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • 60g (2oz) day-old white breadcrumbs
    • 4 lemon sole fillets, skinned if you prefer, and trimmed
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • For the parsley butter:
    • About 45g (11⁄2oz) butter
    • 1 lemon
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


    • To make the parsley butter: Soften butter in a bowl. Grate in zest from half the lemon (keep other half for garnish). Add parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice. Mix well, then form butter into a roll (about 2.5cm/1in round) in paper or foil and chill until firm.

    • Mix flour with seasoning and milk in a shallow bowl to make the batter. Put crumbs on a large sheet of paper or baking tray. Dip each piece of fish in the batter, then in the breadcrumbs to coat them all over.

    • Heat half of the oil in a frying and fry 2 pieces of fish, skin- side up, for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown. Flip over and cook for a minute. Take out and keep them warm in the oven, then cook the other 2 pieces in the rest of the oil.

    • Put the fish on 2 hot plates, adding a couple of slices of parsley butter per portion. Serve with lemon wedges, along with potatoes and green vegetables

    Top tip for making Sole colbert

    If you have wooden butter pats, then the parsley butter maybe rolled into balls for serving

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