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    Garlic & Brown Butter Fish {Sole Meunière}

    Garlic and Brown Butter Fish

    Today I’m sharing with you one of my absolute FAVORITE fish recipes that I’ve ever made. I am so excited for YOU to try this as well because I can almost guarantee, it will become a fast favorite in your family too!

    Garlic and Brown Butter Fish

    This recipe is based on the famous Julia Child’s Sole Meunière. You must be asking yourself what meunière means? Well let me tell you. The word meunière sauce refers to both a sauce and method of preparation, usually when referring to fish. So when something is being cooked “a la meunière”, it means it is first being dredged in flour. When it comes to cooking a meunière sauce, the basics are very easy and considered to be very rustic in nature: brown butter, lemon and parsley.

    When I first came across this recipe on Pinterest, I knew just from reading the ingredient list that this was going to be divine! This recipe is so good, it even made it into the beginning of the movie Julie & Julia, based on Julia Child’s culinary life. Check it out!

    Honestly, every single bite that I have of this particular dish, I have the exact same reaction as dear Julia (played by Meryl Streep). There are no words…it’s THAT good!

    A few notes before we get to the actual recipe. First, the original recipe calls for THREE whole lemons to be used. As much as I love lemons, that is just wayyyyy too tart for mine and my family’s liking. So I’ve cut that way down. Secondly, I wanted to make this gluten-free for my family, so I’ve substituted the white flour for brown rice flour and let me tell you, it’s still just as divine. Thirdly, the original recipe doesn’t call for garlic, however, we love garlic so we add it. And finally, we aren’t parsley lovers (I know, I know), but we just aren’t. So even though a traditional meunière calls for parsley, we skip that step. But by all means, if you love those little leafy greens, you will want to add them on top of the fish when serving. 

    Garlic & Brown Butter Fish {Sole Meunière}
    A simple and yet exquisite garlic and brown butter dish, originally made famous by Julia Childs.
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    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    10 min
    Total Time
    20 min
    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    10 min
    Total Time
    20 min
    1. 1/2 cup brown rice flour (gluten-free)
    2. Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    3. 4 fresh sole fillets, 3 to 4 ounces each
    4. 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
    5. 4-6 cloves of garlic, slightly crushed
    6. 1-2 tsps of freshly squeezed lemon (1 lemon)
    7. 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley (optional)
    1. Combine the flour, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper in a large shallow plate. Pat the sole fillets dry with paper towels and sprinkle one side with salt.
    2. Heat 3 tablespoons of butter in a large (12-inch) saute pan over medium heat until it starts to brown. Add in garlic cloves to get fragrant.
    3. Dredge 2 sole fillets in the seasoned flour on both sides and place them in the hot butter. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook for 2 minutes.
    4. Place the garlic cloves on top of each fillet and continue to scoop up some of the butter at the bottom of the pan and put on top of fillets.
    5. Turn carefully with a spatula and cook for 2 minutes on the other side. Do the same with garlic cloves and butter on this side as well.
    6. While the second side cooks, add 1-2 teaspoons of lemon juice to the pan.
    7. Once cooked, set aside and repeat this process with the remaining fillets.
    8. Once the fish is done cooking, remove from pan, sprinkle with the parsley, salt, and pepper and serve immediately.
    Adapted from Julia Childs
    Adapted from Julia Childs
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     One final note, you want to make sure you are somewhat “basting” the fish while it cooks. This can be done by tipping the pan slightly and letting all the butter, lemon and garlic gathering at the bottom. Then use a spoon and spoon it on top of each fillet, while it continues to cook. This technique makes sure that delicious lemon, garlic butter really permeates the fish!

    sole meunière

    If you don’t have white fish on hand, you will want to RUN out to the store and grab some for your dinner tonight. Give this a try and I promise you that you and your family will LOVE it! That’s the Amidst the Chaos guarantee! And make sure to come back and let us know how it turned out for you, by either leaving a comment or a review right on the recipe card!

    Love & Blessings,



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  • Reply Pam July 15, 2015 at 8:30 am

    I really hate fish! It’s one of the only things that I really do not like! This sounds sooooo good though! I going to try it and see if this recipe can break my dislike for fish!!! 🙂

    • Reply Christine July 17, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      Oh I feel like it might Pam! Cause it’s THAT good! Let me know if it does! *fingers crossed* xox

  • Reply Valerie July 15, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    We eat lots of fish at our house. This is right up our alley!

    • Reply Christine July 17, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      Right on! Let me know how you like it! xox

  • Reply Christina July 15, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Going to make this tonight! Sounds delish!

    • Reply Christine July 17, 2015 at 11:56 am

      Let me know how you guys like it! xox

  • Reply LiNdsay July 15, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    I’ve seen the basting technique before but never knew what it was called.
    The recipe looks like a nice fresh meal, and light too.

    Thanks for sharing Hun xo

    • Reply Christine July 17, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      My pleasure girl! Enjoy! xox

  • Reply jessica July 16, 2015 at 11:49 am

    I LOVE fish! This is such an easy recipe to follow…I will be saving this for the future. How about you just come on over and cook for me. Haha! Thanks girl for ALWAYS sharing such awesome recipes!

    • Reply Christine July 17, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      Lol! Would love to! And my pleasure! Enjoy, love! xx

  • Reply Heather @ DeansListBlog July 16, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Uh, YUM. We’ve been eating a lot of fish lately, and this looks so delightful, I’ll have to try it soon!

    • Reply Christine July 17, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      Let me know how you like it! xox

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  • Reply Ruthie July 16, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    This looks sooo yummy! My husband would love for me to make this! I’m going to have to give it a try! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply Christine July 17, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      My pleasure girl! Let me know how you guys like it! xox

  • Reply Katrina Turnbull July 16, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    You had my attention at Julia Childs. Another great recipe, Christine. This looks easy and delicious. Can’t wait to try it.

    • Reply Christine July 17, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      Awesome! Thanks Katrina! Let me know how you like it! xox

  • Reply Annie @ Annie's Noms July 16, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Love the seasoning on this and brown butter OMG!! Bet this tastes so good, I need to try it!

    • Reply Christine July 17, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      Absolutely! Let me know how you like it Annie! xox

  • Reply Leah July 16, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Looks lovely! And, of course, anything by Julia Child will be amazing!

  • Reply Katalina @ Peas & Peonies July 16, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Garlic and butter are the perfect combo 🙂

  • Reply Chari July 16, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    That looks yuuuuuummmmmy!!! I think I would cook it in the oven though.

    • Reply Christine July 17, 2015 at 11:55 am

      I’m sure you could try that…but that takes a lot of electricity to get your oven to temperature. It it ready in less than 10 minutes on the stove top!

  • Reply Brooke Knipp July 17, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    I need a new spin on fish. I tend to do the same few things over and over when preparing fish. We’re not big parsley fans either (at least I’m not, and I’m the one that does most of the cooking :)) Going to try this this weekend, thanks!

    • Reply Christine July 18, 2015 at 12:12 am

      Awesome! Let me know how you guys like it! It’s honestly so easy! xox

  • Reply Christina July 18, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Loved this recipe! So easy and so tasty!! The best part? I made extras and used the leftovers to make fish tacos for dinner the next night! Cook once, eat delicious twice!! Thanks for sharing an amazing recipe!

    • Reply Christine July 19, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      Awesome! So happy to hear! And what a great idea to use the leftovers for fish tacos! Thanks for sharing! xox

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