Lemon Sole Pan-Fried in a Pistachio Pesto

I made a dish similar to this when I was asked to appear on Richard Corrigan's programme 'Corrigan Knows Food' to try to encourage families to eat better. The family in question loved this recipe and I think you will too.


  • 4 fillets of lemon sole
  • a little oil
  • for the pesto:
  • 110 g fresh basil leaves
  • 150 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 50 g pistachio nuts (shelled)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 50 g freshly grated parmesan
  • pinch of salt


  1. First make the pesto by placing all the pesto ingredients in a food processor. Blend for 2 minutes.
  2. Place the sole fillets in a large bowl, pour the pistachio pesto over them and baste well.
  3. Place a frying pan over a medium heat, add a drop of oil and add the fillets to the pan. Cook on each side for 2 minutes. Eat straight away!
  4. Variations:
  5. Lemon Sole Pan-fried in Basil Pesto:
  6. Replace the pistachios with pine nuts.
  7. Lemon Sole Pan-fried in Coriander, Hazelnut and Lemon Pesto:
  8. Replace the basil with fresh coriander.
  9. Replace the pine nuts with hazelnuts.
  10. Add the juice of half a lemon.


Clodagh's tip for a dinner tipple: Rancio sec from Southern France is great with a pistachio pesto.


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