Baked Sole with Grapes and an Herb Stuffing

You never know what twists and turns a recipe will take.

  • 1 lb. fresh sole or flounder filets, about four
  • 1 tbsp. fresh minced garlic
  • 1 heaping tbsp. fresh lemon zest
  • 2 tsp. fennel pollen
  • ½ tsp. fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1 tsp. fresh minced rosemary
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper, about 15 twists
  • Sea salt
  • Breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 2 dozen grapes
  • 1 tbsp. butter

Bake for 20 minutes. If the crumbs are not browned, then turn on the broiler and let the tops of the fish brown for about a minute, keeping an eagle eye on them. You don’t want to overcook the fish.

Plate the fish, and swirl the butter in the pan drippings to serve alongside.

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52 Comments Add yours

  1. I am always looking for a great sole recipe. This one looks PERFECT! Thank you so much!

    1. Thank you! It really turned out quite tasty!

  2. Carolyn Page says:

    A feast for the eyes, Dorothy; and, I dare say, for the taste buds.

    1. Thank you! A win on all counts.

  3. Bernadette says:

    Dot, this looks delicious. I also like roasted grapes. This is a recipe I will be making soon. Thanks to you and Terri.

    1. Thanks Bernie! It was quite a fun process from beginning to end!

  4. Nancy says:

    I’ve wanted to roast grapes, so why not now with this recipe? Thank you!

    1. Thank you Nancy! Grapes are so beautifully transformed when roasting. I think you’ll love them!

  5. Very interesting combo, Dorothy, and it’s pretty too. 🙂

    1. Thanks Judy! It was lovely to behold, and even better to eat!

  6. Misky says:

    Fennel and white fish are perfection together. And grapes (halved) go really well with chicken in a cream sauce, too.

    1. So true Misky. Grapes are so good in savory applications and are often overlooked.

  7. So different, beautiful and elegant!

    1. Thank you Jenna! It would be lovely for a dinner party, mostly make ahead!

  8. Kevin says:

    Looks tasty. Sounds like you had fun developing the recipe – a kind of culinary stream of consciousness!

    1. That’s exactly what it is Kevin, and how it usually happens. Random thoughts, mixed together.

  9. With Bill our fishing every weekend, we have a supply of sea bass, porgies and flounder in the freezer. I’m always looking for a new recipe. This will do very nicely! Thanks, D!

    1. Perfect for the flounder.
      Lucky you!!!! All that fresh fish!

      1. Yes indeed! Grape season is just about over; can’t find many decent ones these days. What would you swap out for the grapes?

      2. Hmm, you could just leave them out and it would still be good, but a few cherry tomatoes would be nice too!

  10. NativeNM says:

    Looks very appetizing! I can imagine how the grapes pair with the baked sole.

    1. Thank you! The grapes were a really nice touch here, I’m glad I tossed them in.

  11. L love adding grapes to seafood. Your recipoe looks delicious.

    1. Thank you Jovina. The grapes really made this dish.

  12. Marilyn ar Marilyn Dishes says:

    I love the idea of having grapes with the fish!

    1. It was a good call, tossing them in! They blended beautifully with the wine in the sauce.

  13. Suzassippi says:

    You continue to amaze me with the things you think up. I have never heard of roasting or baking grapes. The fish sounds delicious!

    1. Thank you! Give it a try! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

  14. Chef Mimi says:


    1. Thanks Mimi! All happy here.

  15. So pretty! And I like how it can be made ahead of time. Also, really enjoyed reading how your recipe came about.

    1. Thanks Laurie! It’s a great make-ahead dish, so quick to put together when it’s time to eat.

  16. terrie gura says:

    I love every single thing about this! It’s fun, isn’t it? Bringing together so many ideas to find that perfect combination. I’m crazy about the close up picture of this dish just out of your Aga oven. Very impressive, Dorothy! 😊

    1. Thanks Terrie! And thank you for your contribution in the evolution of this dish!

  17. Sherry Mackay says:

    this sounds delightful. i have seen recipes for chicken with red grapes so i bet this is tasty too.

    1. Thank you Sherry! The grapes really made this dish special, and I highly recommend it!

  18. This is so good – “Even my favorite dishes morph until I sometimes don’t recognize them from the original. Many of the meals we have started out in some way from a recipe of my mother, aunt, grandmother, or a friend, and it gets altered, brought into this century, perhaps tweaked for a food allergy.”😊

    1. Thanks! That’s the way it happens! A little from here, a little of what’s on hand, and sometimes a happy mistake.

  19. Christy B says:

    I’m a big fish fan! I would not have thought to put grapes with it. YUM.

    1. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew it would work. It did!

      1. Christy B says:

        You have a knack for cooking ~ You figure out what pairs well, based on instinct and experience. A pro in the kitchen 💞

      2. Ah, thanks! It helps to love what you are doing!

  20. Gail says:

    Roasted grapes make everything gourmet, in my opinion. 🍂🍇🔥

    1. They do elevate a simple piece of fish!

  21. nancyc says:

    Sounds delicious—I need to try roasting grapes—what a great idea! 🙂

    1. Be prepared to fall in love!

  22. This looks like it has so much flavor Dorothy!

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  24. Oh wow! A triumph of flavors!

    1. Thank you! We were quite pleased with this.

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