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Oven-Browned Sole with Asparagus

Makes 4 servings

Prep and Cook Time
15 mins

Sole is a type of flatfish similar to flounder or halibut. When browned in the oven and served with fresh roasted asparagus, you'll enjoy a special dinner.

 1 1/2 pounds asparagus (1/2 in. thick)
 1 pound boned, skinned sole fillets such as petrale or rex (1/4 in. thick)
 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1/2 teaspoon pepper
 1/4 cup (1/8 lb.) butter
 1 cup dry white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc
 3 1/2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh tarragon
Step 1

Rinse and drain asparagus. Snap off and discard tough stem ends.

Step 2

Rinse fish and pat dry. In a plastic bag, combine flour, salt, and pepper. Shake 1 or 2 pieces of fish at a time in flour mixture to coat, shaking off excess as you lift fish from bag. Discard leftover flour mixture.

Step 3

Put 1 tablespoon butter in a 10- by 15-inch baking pan and 2 tablespoons butter in another 10- by 15-inch pan. Set pans in a 500° oven until butter is melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Place asparagus in pan with smaller amount of butter; turn to coat spears. Place fish in remaining pan; turn to coat in butter and lay in a single layer. Return pans to oven and roast until asparagus is tender-crisp to bite and fish is opaque but still moist-looking in center of thickest part (cut to test), 4 to 5 minutes.

Step 4

Transfer asparagus and fish to a platter and keep warm.

Step 5

Pour wine into fish-roasting pan and add 3 tablespoons tarragon. Set pan over two burners on high heat and bring to a boil. Stir until wine is reduced to 1/3 cup, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in remaining 1 tablespoon butter until blended. Pour sauce into a bowl.

Step 6

Scatter remaining 1/2 tablespoon tarragon over fish. Serve fish and asparagus with sauce to add to taste.

Step 7

Wine pairing: A classic Sauvignon Blanc, with hints of lemon and grass, is a natural match for the asparagus, wine sauce, and delicate sole. The minerals and lemon in Pinot Gris also make a fine pairing.

Step 8

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 273Calories from Fat 46
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g22%

Saturated Fat 7.8g39%
Cholesterol 87mg29%
Sodium 510mg22%
Total Carbohydrate 12g4%

Dietary Fiber 1.6g7%
Protein 27g54%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.