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  • How to Choose Sole
    Sole is usually sold in fillets, both fresh and frozen. Fresh sole should have no fish smell and be firm and springy to the touch. Look for fish that has been wild-caught in the Pacific, where supply is stable and sole is not in danger of being overfished, as it is in the Atlantic. Supermarkets are required to label fresh and frozen fish with the country of origin and the method of production (wild or farmed), but this law doesn’t apply to fish markets and restaurants, so consumers must ask more questions in those places.

  • How to Store Sole
    Refrigerate sole, wrapped, for up to 2 days. Freezing it will result in a mushy texture once thawed.

  • How to Use Sole
    Sole is commonly broiled, steamed, or poached. In the classic French dish sole meunière it’s dredged in flour and sautéed.

    —Jenny Rosenstrach

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