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Sole With Beurre Blanc And Golden Beets


Delicate brill sole is served with a fennel-white bean mash, braised kale and beautiful yellow beets.
  • Serves: 2
  • Active Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hr - 2 hrs
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Step 1: Cooking the Beets

Cooking the Beets
  • 1/2 lb (approx.) golden beets
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • salt (1 tsp per L/qt of water)


If serving this dish with the Fennel-White Bean Mash and Braised Kale (from step 4 and 5) then prepare those first.

To cook the beets, season a large pot of water with the salt and vinegar and bring to a boil. Add the beets and turn down to a simmer. Cook until just cooked through. Let cool slightly until the beets cool enough to handle.

Peel and slice the beets into rounds. Then cover and set aside while you cook the fish.

Step 2: Cooking the Fish

Cooking the Fish
  • 1 tsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp grapeseed or vegetable oil
  • kosher salt (to taste)
  • white pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • 2 sole fillets (or other white fish)


To cook the fish, heat a non-stick fry pan over medium heat and add the oil and butter.

Pat the fish dry and season with a bit of salt. Cook the fish about 1 to 2 minutes per side or until just done. Squeeze a bit of lemon over the fish and into the pan. Transfer the fish to a plate and cover while you prepare the sauce.

Step 3: Making the Beurre Blanc

Making the Beurre Blanc
  • 1 shallot
  • 4 to 5 tbsp cold, unsalted butter


To make the sauce, use the same pan. Turn the heat down to medium-low. Finely mince the shallots and add them to the pan, along with a bit more of the lemon juice. Let reduce to a syrupy consistency, then slowly start to whisk in the butter.

Once done, remove the pan from the heat while you assemble the plate.

Step 4: Fennel and White Bean Mash (optional)

Fennel and White Bean Mash (optional)
  • 1 recipe Fennel and White Bean Mash


This is optional, but the fennel and the white beans go particularly well with this fish. Not only do the flavors pair well, so do the textures.

This can be made ahead and reheated or kept warm while you cook the fish.

Step 5: Braised Kale (optional)

Braised Kale (optional)
  • 1 recipe Braised Kale


This is also optional; however, it also goes well with this dish.

This can also be made ahead and reheated or kept warm while you cook the fish.

Step 6: Plating the Dish

Plating the Dish


To plate the dish, spoon a bit of the fennel-white bean mash onto the middle of the plate. Then top with a bit of the kale.

Place 3 or 4 sliced beets around the edge of the white beans and then top with two pieces of sole, placing one over the other.

To finish, pour the sauce over the fish and serve immediately.

Chef's Notes

Related Text Recipes:
Fennel-White Bean Mash
Braised Kale


  • Klaus S
    Klaus S
    I can just about taste it. I like the way you think in this sequence. I am hoping that I can create one day like that. Keep it KS.
  • Sky G
    Sky G
    I'm looking for some advice on the best way to reheat the white bean mash and kale without sacrificing quality. I would like to make these two items in advance if it can be done while maintaining the integrity of what looks like a great dish! Any advise is welcomed. Thank you, Sky
  • Dawn T
    Dawn T
    Things are not always the same once reheated but both of these sides should fare pretty well. For the white bean mash you could reheat in a pot on the stove, with a bit of added stock or water, if needed. The braised kale can also be reheated in the same way. Of course, either can also be reheating in the microwave if you like. Cheers!
  • Yuseph K
    Yuseph K
    I actually skipped the beurre blanc and battered the fish in panko and bonito flakes. It went well with the rest. Why did you you chose the non-stick pan for frying?
  • Ken R Rouxbe Staff
    Ken R
    Good work,Yusef! A nonstick pan is not needed here but it can be useful for more delicate fish. ~Ken
  • Asia B
    Asia B
    This dish was FANTASTIC! My all time favorite.

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