Sole with Grapefruit-Thyme Butter

Sole with Grapefruit-Thyme Butter Recipe
Jean Allsopp
Master a savory reduction that pairs well with mild fillets. Pink grapefruit juice adds tart flavor to a rich sauce of white wine, fresh ginger, and thyme. Mix in sections at the end to add body to the reduction and make sure to get a piece with each bite of fish to enjoy top flavor.


Makes 3 to 4 servings

Recipe from

Coastal Living


2 pink grapefruit
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
6 (3- to 4-ounce) sole fillets
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
6 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces


Grate zest from 1 grapefruit to make 1/2 teaspoon; set aside. Peel and section grapefruit, and set aside. Juice remaining grapefruit to make 1/4 cup juice; set aside.

Heat oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle fillets with salt and pepper. Cook in batches, adding more oil if necessary, 2 minutes on each side or until done. Transfer to a plate, cover, and keep warm.

Combine reserved grapefruit juice, wine, and next 3 ingredients. Bring to a boil over high heat, and cook until reduced to about 1/4 cup. Remove from heat; whisk in 6 tablespoons butter. Stir in reserved grapefruit sections and zest. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve fillets topped with Grapefruit-Thyme Butter.

Wine pairing: A Fumé Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, or crisp Chardonnay will complement any citrus-seafood dishes (perhaps served with a tossed green salad and crusty French bread) for a light, refreshing supper.

January 2007
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