Dover Sole with White Wine Caper Sauce

Dover Sole with White Wine Caper Sauce

Dover Sole is an uncommon but delicious fish that is usually served in high end seafood restaurants. The reason it is so delicious is because it’s extremely low in fat, which makes it tasty if prepared properly. This easy recipe  is a great option for weeknight dinners or Sunday supper when you have time to cook something special. Although this is a delicate fish, that is very thin, it stays amazingly tender when prepared this way.

Dover Sole À la Meunière is a fancy name for this meal

À la Meunière is a French cooking term that means literally “in the manner of the miller’s wife”, which in turn indicates that there is flour involved. More specifically, it refers to fish that has been lightly floured in seasoned flour, then fried in butter, then served with a simple butter-based sauce.

The flavor is mild and sweet. It is more like a meat. It doesn’t have the texture of a normal fish. Despite its delicate flavor, it’s able to stand up to high heat for cooking, and sauces.

Can I make this dish without the wine?

If you do not want to use wine in this recipe, you can substitute vegetable broth, and then add in a teaspoon of lemon juice for the acid. This dish comes alive with just a splash of lemon!

Want some more seafood dinner ideas? Check out this inspiration from A Pinch of Yum!

Where do I buy Dover sole?

We are land locked from water, so we buy our seafood from Whole Foods. The seafood section at our store stocks fresh and frozen seafood, which we buy the day we use it in our recipes.


Is Dover sole healthy?

Sole fillet is naturally rich source of minerals including iodine, calcium, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium.  It is one of the finest sources of essential fatty acids, protein, minerals and fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A, E and D.


Dover Sole with white wine sauce on a blue plate with purple cauliflower and asparagus and a lemon

Dover Sole with White Wine Caper Sauce

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: dinner, entree
Cuisine: French
Keyword: dover sole, fish, fish dinner, healthy dinner
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 672kcal
Author: Bruce and Dina Miller


For the Dover Sole:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. Dover Sole filets 8 oz. per person
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoons Granulated Garlic
  • 1 tablespoons Ancho Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Black pepper

For the White Wine with Capers Sauce:

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 medium shallot finely diced
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic grated
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tablespoon capers drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


For the Dover Sole:

  • Mix flour, garlic granules, ancho chili powder & pepper in a shallow bowl.
  • Heat 2 Tbls canola oil in a heavy frying pan.
  • Working in batches of 3-4 filets (depends on the size of your pan), dredge the fillets lightly in the flour mixture.
  • Place the first batch of filets in the hot oil and cook for 2 minutes. Flip and cook for two more minutes. Remove filets from the pan and keep warm in a 300 degree oven on a cookie sheet.
  • Repeat steps 2-4 until all the filets are cooked.

For the white wine caper sauce

  • Melt butter in a saucepan.
  • Add in shallot and cook until softened.
  • Next, stir in garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Now pour in the wine and simmer for 5 minutes, to cook off alcohol.
  • Sprinkle in a few red pepper flakes.
  • Right before serving add capers until warm.
  • Season with salt and fresh ground pepper.


Serving: 8ounces of fish | Calories: 672kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 195mg | Sodium: 1333mg | Potassium: 872mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1744IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 4mg
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Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

Hi, we are Bruce and Dina Miller. We love to cook every night. We enjoy making a few healthy dishes, and also comfort food. We love crafting cocktails too! Come take a look, we would love to share our recipes with you.


  1. carve Reply

    5 stars
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    Great bloɡ, continue the good work!

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      theperksofbeingus Reply


      Thank you for the kind comment! That means so much!

      Dina and Bruce

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  4. Kim Reply

    5 stars
    This was delicious and so easy! Thank you for sharing the recipe. One of my favorite fish recipes now!💗

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply


      Awe, you just made our day! We are so glad you like this!

      Dina and Bruce

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