Lemon Sole Oreganata

Lemon sole oreganata is an elegant dish of baked fish with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese that’s drizzled with a white wine pan sauce. Easy, healthy, and on the table in just 30 minutes.

Two fillets of lemon sole oreganata topped with a Parmigiano-Reggiano breadcrumb mixture on a baking sheet

We know that making dinner, by necessity, often becomes just another thing on your never-ending to-do list. Which conflicts with your desire to eat well. And by well, we mean healthily yet satisfyingly, easily yet elegantly. Enter this delicate baked fish with crisp seasoned bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese with a white wine pan sauce that’s proven to be surprisingly popular with kids and adults alike. Easy, healthy, family friendly, and on the table in a mere 30 minutes. The crisp, buttery, cheesy topping that everyone’s raving about is actually inspired by a classic Italian preparation for clams, though thankfully it works just as well on its filleted cousins.–Angie Zoobkoff

Lemon Sole Oreganata

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  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • Serves 4
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Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C) and position a rack in the top third of the oven.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the bread crumbs, oregano, lemon zest, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and 3 tablespoons oil until the mixture resembles wet sand.

Brush the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over the bottom of a rimmed baking sheet. Place the fish in a single layer on the sheet and season with the salt. Sprinkle the bread crumb topping evenly over each fillet and pat gently to help it adhere. Pour the wine around the fish. Bake the fish until barely cooked through, 6 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and heat the broiler to high. Slide the baking sheet back in the oven and broil until the bread crumbs are toasted and golden brown and the fish is cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes. Using a wide spatula, transfer the fillets to dinner plates, sprinkle with the parsley, and drizzle with any pan juices. Serve with a lemon wedge to squeeze over the top.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

This is such a fast and easy weeknight meal! My kids and I enjoyed it very much. The cooking technique is so versatile as it should work on nearly any type of fish that you can imagine. I served the fish with a blend of wild and brown rice and a stir-fry of snow peas with garlic, oil, lemon juice and lemon zest.

This is a great week night meal. And the recipe couldn't be easier. From the fridge to the table in about a half hour and great flavors to boot. Oregano, lemon zest, and Parmesan are great together and, mixed with some bread crumbs and olive oil, make a great topping for the fish.

Sole was an excellent vehicle for the topping since it's light, firm, flaky, and not fishy. Of course, crisping the topping for a couple minutes under the broiler was perfect.

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