Pan Fried Lemon Sole on a Fennel, Pancetta and Leek Broth Recipe

It is so nice getting back to our healthy dinners. I love holidays and christmas but I also love home cooked dinners too. As you know if you follow my blog Paulie and I love a sauce and this broth was delicious. Fennel and fish go so well together and the leeks add a depth of flavour all topped off with crunchy bits of bacon. Yum!

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 2 sole fillets
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 1 leek, finely sliced
  • 300ml fish stock
  • 2 tbsp drained capers
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 20g butter
  • sprig of lemon thyme, leaves only
  • 80g smoked pancetta or bacon, cubed or cut into small strips
  • olive oil
  • seasoning


  1. Quarter the fennel and slice. Heat a large saucepan with a splash of oil and sauté the fennel on a medium heat for about 3 minutes.
  2. While this is happening, chop the Leek and then add that to the pan with the fennel and cook for a further 2 minutes on the lowest heat as it only needs to sweat
  3. Next add 300ml of fish stock followed by 2 tbsp of capers, thyme leaves and the juice of half a lemon
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Add 20g of butter, Cover with a lid and turn off the heat
  5. Heat a frying pan and add a splash of oil. Cook the pancetta for about 2 minutes or until starting to brown and crisp. Put some kitchen towel in a bowl and drain the pancetta into it. Set aside
  6. Heat a 1 tbsp of oil in the Pan that you cooked the pancetta in. When it’s hot add the fish skin side down and cook for 3 minutes. Turn the fish over and turn off the heat – the residual heat in the pan will cook the fish
  7. Serve by spooning the leek and fennel mixture including the sauce between 2 warm serving bowls. Sprinkle the chopped pancetta across the top and place the cooked fish skin side down on top, season to taste.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Lemon sole or “fluke” is an excellent fish.

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    1. Yes buyingseafood it’s one of my favourites I didn’t know it is also called fluke 😊

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