Lemon Butter Sole with Spinach
Why we love it:
- 3⁄4 pound Rotelli Pasta (or pasta of your choice)
- 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt (divided, plus more for pasta water)
- 1 15-ounce can Garbanzo Beans
- 6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (divided)
- 1 pound Baby Spinach
- 1⁄4 cup Flour (all purpose)
- 11⁄4 pounds Sole Filet (between 4 - 8 filets)
- 21⁄2 teaspoons Black Pepper (freshly ground)
- 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil (for cooking fish, more or less as needed)
- 2 Lemons (zest and juice)
- 1 Tablespoon Capers (optional)
1. PASTA + BEANS
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt it with about 1 Tablespoon or more salt (so it tastes salty like the sea) and cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain the pasta and transfer back to the pot.
Drain the garbanzo beans and toss them in with the pasta. Add 1 Tablespoon of butter and toss to coat. Let this wait for you to be ready.
Wash the spinach. Add it into a large pot and sauté with a pinch of salt until it’s wilted. Or to make it even easier - just toss the spinach in with the hot pasta and garbanzo beans and it will wilt.
3. DREDGE FISH
Place flour on pie plate or wide, flat dish. Pat the fish dry with paper towels. Sprinkle both sides of fish with a pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper. Dredge fish on both sides with flour; shake off excess. Place on baking sheet or clean, dry plate.
4. SEAR FISH
Heat a drizzle of oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until it’s hot and shimmery (if you’re nervous cooking fish, use a non-stick pan for a little extra insurance).
Add a teaspoon or so of the butter; quickly turn skillet to coat. Add some of fish filets without over crowding them. Do 2 or 3 batches if needed. Cook until golden on bottom, 2 - 3 minutes then carefully flip. Cook until opaque in center and golden on bottom, 1 - 2 minutes longer. Remove to a plate or baking sheet and repeat with the rest of the fish.
Pour off drippings from the skillet; wipe the bottom out a little with paper towels. Place skillet back over medium-high heat. Add the rest of the butter and cook until golden, 1 - 2 minutes. Meanwhile, zest in one of the lemons and add its juice to the butter. It might sputter and pop. Slice the other lemon into wedges.
Add capers to the sauce.
Plate the pasta and spinach, top with fish and generously spoon the sauce over top.