Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Julie & Julia, and Sole Meuniere

I rented Julie & Julia over a week ago, but Peter and I finally got around to watching it last night. We first went to Whole Foods and decided to make sole meuniere, an Ina Garten recipe I've made several times that's really delicious, and so easy. I made the sole with roasted potato slices, and an arugula and grape tomato salad with balsamic vinaigrette. So we sat down with our dinners and turned the movie on, and the very first scene is Julia Child being served sole meuniere in a restaurant in Paris!

I absolutely loved the movie. How could I not, it was about all my favorite things - Paris, New York, and French cooking. We kept looking at each other in disbelief at the similarities. First there was the sole meuniere. Julie and Eric moved from Brooklyn to a bigger apartment in Queens, we moved from Manhattan to a bigger apartment in Chicago. They have a cat, and well...we have 2. They even had framed maps over their bed. And I definitely felt Julie's pain with trying to cook meals in small New York City kitchens.

Without further ado, here is the recipe for sole meuniere. It's a light, lemony, flaky fish dish that's so easy to make. This is a variation on the Barefoot Contessa's recipe, I think she used more butter. This is for 2-3 servings.

3/4 - 1 lb fresh sole fillets (you can also buy frozen if fresh isn't available, just follow the directions on the pack to thaw it)
about 1/2 cup flour
salt & pepper
1 or 2 lemons (depending on size), zested
about 3 tablespoons butter
fresh parsley, for garnish

You will probably have to cook the fish in 2 groups, unless you have 2 big skillets, so heat up the oven to 200 degrees to keep the first batch warm while you cook the other one. Heat up the skillet on medium heat. Spread flour out on a plate or cutting board. Make sure the fish is dry, and salt and pepper both sides. Dredge in the flour until both sides are evenly covered. Melt about 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter in the skillet and place as many fillets as can reasonably fit without crowding - probably 3 or 4. Cook about 4 minutes or so, and flip over when the fish is lightly browned on the bottom. After flipping sprinkle lemon zest on top of the fillets and squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the pan. Cook another 4 minutes or until browned on other side. Place on an oven safe plate and keep warm in the oven while finishing the rest of the fish. Once all the fish is cooked garnish with chopped fresh parsley. Bon appetit!

Xabi likes sole meuniere, too.


  1. You may never get this comment but thank you for the recipe. I saw the movie when it initial came out but recently re-watched it. I love food but I adore a good recipe. It's the only thing that get's me in the kitchen. I love being in the kitchen for a good recipe. I cooked the Tomato and Basil Bruschetta for dinner and it was so good. Why go out when you cook it yourself. I'll try the fish one day this week.

    Thank you,

  2. You definitely should try it, it's very easy and quick and SO good! I still make it a lot. Enjoy!