Small Flat Fish

Arrowtooth Flounder
Blackback Sole
Brill, New Zealand
Dover Sole
English Sole
Gray Sole
Lemon Sole
New Zealand Sole
Petrale Sole
Rex Sole
Rock Sole
Sand Dab
Sand Flounder
Starry Flounder
Winter Flounder
Yellowbelly Flounder
Yellowtail Flounder

When born, flatfish swim upright like many other fish. As the fish matures, it turns sideways and one eye moves to the other side. Depending on the species, the eye may move right or left.  

These fish are firm fleshed with a nutty, sweet flavor. 

Sole or flounder may  be dredged in flour then sautéed. These fish are good for broiling, steaming or baking (en papillote), and served with a butter sauce. Sole is also one of the best fish for use in fish terrines.

*NOTE: Pacific flounder and lemon sole are often marketed in the U .S. as Dover sole. However none of the flounders are related to the English sole, solea vulgarius.  The only reprehensive of the solidae family is the hog choker, but this fish only reached 6 inches in length. So even though the fish has an excellent flavor its size prevents commercial use.   

   Market Forms  Weight in Lbs  Preparation

Winter Flounder 
Lemon Sole
Grey Sole,

Whole, fillets, fresh, or frozen, steak (lean) 1-10 lbs.
1-2 lbs
3/4-2 lbs
3-5 lbs
3/4-4 lbs
1 1/2 to 3 lbs
Bake, fried, breaded and fried, deep fat fried, casseroled, poached, steam, chowder


Larger size 40%
Smaller size 33%

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