Fresh Dover Sole Meuniere

There is an art to “flatty bashing”, but once you have got your eye in then it can be good fun. I once caught a massive beauty in Lyme Bay – here is the simple recipe I used, happy hunting.

Flatties are good at concealing themselves in the mud or sand, however they give themselves away by their prodruding eyes which are the only bit of them you will see, once you spot the eyes you will be able to see a slight outline of the fish itself – then it’s just a matter of whipping out your dive knife or flatty spear and bagging the fish. Dover sole is my favourite but you will be lucky to get one…


1 whole fresh Dover sole
2 oz unsalted butter
1 oz olive oil
2 tsp chopped parsley
Fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper

1. Skin Dover sole using sharp dive knife.

2. In a hot frying pan, add 1 oz of butter and the olive oil. Sear Dover
sole on both sides and place in heated 350 degree oven for 7 minutes

3. Add remaining butter to frying pan with white wine, salt, pepper and
parsley. Serve with fresh vegetables