Your Guide to Soles

Soles are a delicious, sustainable flatfish available all year round. Learn about the different types below!

Soles are a family of flatfishes that live on the Pacific Ocean floor. The name, Sole, comes from the latin word, solea, meaning sandal. Their flaky meat has a mildly sweet taste and varies in firmness across species. Soles are available year round due to a strong ocean stock.

Pucci Foods sources Soles from along the west coast, where the population is above target levels. This makes for a very sustainable catch. Additionally, these west coast fisheries follow strict sustainability practices as they are under the jurisdiction of the United States, the world leader in seafood sustainability. The Seafood Watch sustainability rating for Soles ranges from “Good Alternative” to “Best Choice” depending on the species. Below, we list the species of Soles we offer, along with their sustainability rating.

The Many “Soles” in the Sea

Dover

A.k.a the “common sole”: firm in texture and firm in its place in continental cuisine.

Sustainability Rating: 🟩 Best Choice

English

The snout is for sniffing out tea and crumpets.

Sustainability Rating: 🟦 Certified

English Sole

Petrale

Delicately nutty

Sustainability Rating: 🟩 Best Choice

Petrale Sole

Rex

Hi class, I’m Rex, and I’ll be subbing for Ms. Sanddab today

Sustainability Rating: 🟩 Best Choice

Rex Sole

Rock

The only one with tender meat–ironic, isn’t it?

Sustainability Rating: 🟦 Certified

Rock Sole

Top Sole Recipes on the Web

Sole Meunière  – NYT Cooking – 5 stars, 983 reviews

Sole in Herbed ButterTaste of Home – 4.5 stars, 11 reviews

Sole with Lemon Cream – Food&Wine – 5 stars. 4443 reviews


All photos courtesy of FishWatch.gov

Pucci Foods is a 100 year old seafood distributor based in Hayward, California. We are known for going above and beyond for our customers in supplying quality seafood in a sustainable way. From fresh wild catch to affordable, sustainably farmed species, we are the seafood solution for restaurants, retailers, institutions, and wholesalers who are looking for fresh quality, committed care, and sustainable satisfaction.

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