Weekend Cooking: Lemon Sole from The Lobster Place’s Fish of the Month Club

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This post is part of fellow book blogger, Beth Fish Reads‘, weekly meme (a “community” blog post, for all those non-bloggers out there) called Weekend Cooking.

As I discussed in a Weekend Cooking post a few months ago, my husband and I love cooking and eating fresh fish…all different kinds. And, ever since we left NYC for the suburbs, we’ve had a hard time finding a variety of high quality fresh fish that’s convenient to buy on a regular basis. A few months ago, we got to be guinea pigs for the pre-launch of NYC-based seafood purveyor, The Lobster Place‘s, e-commerce business. We received a delicious raw oyster sampler on our doorstep.

This gave me the idea for my husband’s Christmas present this year: The Lobster Place’s Fish of the Month Club! This is actually a “wolf present”…a gift you buy for someone else because it’s something you want for yourself. Sneaky, right?! 

Lobster Place Fish of the Month Club

Our first fish box arrived last Friday with a selection of five gorgeous fish: Sole, Mahi Mahi, Organic King Salmon, Striped Bass (one of my favorites!), and Monkfish. And, recipes were included for each fish on cute little cards. We tried the Lemon Sole last weekend and it was simple and delicious. We froze the remaining fish for use over the course of the month (they come in vacuum packed freezer bags).

Lemon Sole

Pan-Seared Lemon Sole
Recipe courtesy of The Lobster Place (originally from Real Simple Magazine)

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 sole fillets
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
4 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter
1 lemon, ends trimmed, sliced into 12 thin circles
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained

Place the flour on a plate. Season the sole with salt and then coat it in the flour, shaking to remove any excess; set aside.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the lemon and cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes.

Push the lemon to the side and add the sole (in batches if needed – this is important, I should have cooked each piece separately for a crispier crust!). Cook until sole is the same color throughout and flakes easily, about 2 minutes per side.

Add the capers and remaining butter. Remove skillet from heat and tilt to swirl butter until it melts.

Transfer the sole and lemon to plates and spoon the capers and butter over the top.

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  1. Tina wrote:

    I love fish and well…. All seafood! Never Heard of the fifth of the month club, sounds awesome.

    Posted 1.17.15 Reply
  2. Oh wow, I’ve never heard of the fish of the month club but Carl would love something like that!

    Posted 1.17.15 Reply
  3. Beth F wrote:

    I’m landlocked, so that idea of fresh seafood to your door sounds like a good idea. I like that it comes vacuumed packed for easy & safe freezing. And LOL on the wolf present — I’ve not heard that term before.

    Posted 1.17.15 Reply
  4. What a great gift idea! I’m not a huge fish person but this sounds like a lot of fun and useful as well.

    Posted 1.17.15 Reply
  5. Belle Wong wrote:

    This recipe sounds so delicious and simple! I’ll have to check around to see if there’s a Fish of the Month club in our area – it sounds like a wonderful way to eat more seafood, which I’ve been trying to do. Great idea for a “wolf present”! 🙂

    Posted 1.17.15 Reply
  6. Trish wrote:

    I enjoy fish but we NEVER cook it. I should probably start a bit more often but in Dallas I’m not sure how fresh our seafood would really be. LOL over Wolf Gift!

    Posted 1.17.15 Reply
  7. Janel wrote:

    We don’t have many fish markets in my area either. What a great service and the fish looks fantastic.

    Posted 1.17.15 Reply
  8. Anita wrote:

    I love fish too, but rarely cook it unless I can grill it outside. Living along the FL coast we do get lots of lovely fresh fish. The recipe sounds great!

    Posted 1.17.15 Reply
  9. Linda wrote:

    That’s my favorite sole recipe. Great gift idea. I need to get that on my husband’s radar.

    Posted 1.18.15 Reply
  10. Oh, Yum. I love fish, especially small-flakes like sole and flounder. I will try out this recipe. My favorite fishes are Mahi Mahi, wahoo, and rockfish, which I guess is the striped bass.

    Posted 1.18.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I love rockfish from the Bay and striped bass up here! And – I tried the Mahi Mahi recipe from the fish box last night and it was delicious. Will post it for another Weekend Cooking segment.

      Posted 1.18.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      And – you have the top notch Yellow Umbrella, so you don’t need to mail order seafood!

      Posted 1.18.15 Reply

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