You'll now be able to 'catch' a supermarket version of the giant Dover Sole in Morrisons - usually only seen in posh restaurants. Weighing in at 800g+, compared to 170g and 300g for an average sized fish[i], the large Dover Soles are up to 40cm in length - so you may need a large frying pan to cook one.
Available from 200 Morrisons fish counters until 7th October, one giant Dover Sole will easily feed two people
“Dover Sole is one of the world's most luxurious fish. We work closely with British fisherman, which means that we have been able get our hands on this catch. We’re pleased to offer our customers this exclusive fish so more of them can try it.”
Seafood buyer Sarah Bell
The monster fish is caught off the coast of Devon and Cornwall, and is Dover Sole is in season between September and October, and Morrisons skilled fishmongers will be able to offer customers cooking tips...as well as skin, fillet and debone the fish if you need them to.
Dover Sole Facts
- The name Dover sole is said to originate from its high demand in the 1800s from upper class London. A regular stagecoach service ran several times a day to take the fish from the ports of Dover to the capital.
- Dover Sole has crisp white flesh that is firm to the touch, and dark brown skin. It has a longer and narrower shaped body than other flat fish.
- Dover Sole is typically cooked whole on the bone.
Our Recipe Recommendation: Dover Sole with Parsley & Lemon Butter Sauce
You’ll need quite a large frying pan for this dish, so the fish can lie flat while cooking and brown evenly. This recipe will easily feed two, serve this simply with boiled potatoes and steamed greens: broccoli, curly kale or spinach are ideal.
For the Dover Sole
For the Sauce
To prepare the butter sauce...
Put the dry white wine, white wine vinegar, shallots with about 6 tablespoons of water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat until the liquid has reduced to about 2 tbsp. Add the cream and simmer for a little longer until the liquid has reduced back to 2 tbsp, keep to one side until needed.
To prepare the fish...
Trim away and discard the thin frills from either side of each fish, then cut away the head if you wish. You can ask your Morrisons fishmonger to do this for you. Season the fish lightly on each side with salt and pepper. Set aside.