This simple cast iron skillet Blackened Dover Sole is a fast (10 Minutes} and delicious dinner that will be a staple in your grilling cookbook!
We picked up some Dover Sole from Goldbelly.com where you order food from all over the United States and it is delivered overnight to your doorstep. We had so much fun ordering seafood from Pikes Place Market as we are both native Washingtonians and it make us feel like home. We know that if it is coming from Pikes Place, it is going to be some killer fish.
🍽️ Why This Works
Super Fast: Who doesn’t love a great recipe on the grill that is FAST? Because we tend to be out on the deck every weekend grilling, some grilling days are fast, some are enjoyed slow smoking all day. This is one to to turn to when you want it quick!
Simple: The concept and directions are simple and easy to follow. You won’t be confused on how to make this recipe. Add in a simple Foil Pack Sweet Potato and you have a full meal that is only 3 ingredients total.
Three ingredients: Just 3 easy ingredients if you are using a blackened seasoning. If you need to make your own, it’s quick and easy to do that too as everything to make one is in your pantry.
Dover Sole | This mild fish comes from Europe which jacks the price up a bit. It is a bit firmer as it will withstand grilling and flipping it even when it is so thin. It doesn’t fall apart yet not super firm like a halibut.
Blackening Seasoning | We chose to use the Marketspice Blackened Red Fish that we received as a gift (once people start to realize that is what you obsess about, you get cool gifts like this!)
Step One: Set up the grill on direct heat at 400 degrees.
Step Two: Add the blackening seasoning to a large Ziplock bag and then add the fillet. Shake it up to fully cover the fish. If you end up with super thin fillets like we did, it will take more than a ¼ cup to cover both sides. If you want a little bit of a milder blackened taste, simply sprinkle on the seasoning rather than tossing it in the bag like it’s shake -n- bake.
Step Three: Add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil to the cast iron skillet and let it heat up. If you’re new to grilling with a cast iron skillet, check out all of our tips here.
Note: You know it is ready for the fish when a drop of water in the skillet will pop and bubble.
Step Four: Gently add the fillet and let it cook for one to four minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. Our fish is extremely thin so we cooked it 1 minute each side. If your sole is thicker, you may have to do a 3-4 minutes. That should give the seasoning enough time to darken significantly. Turn the fillet over and cook until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees. That should be another three to four minutes.
❗ Expert Tips
Don’t add the fish until the skillet is up to temperature. Adding it too early runs the risk of the fish becoming oily as the fish will be soaking up the oil and then it won’t sear. Instead, you want the hot oil to sear and seal the seasonings.
Use direct heat on the grill. This is a time when a hot and fast grill will be your friend!
If you can’t grill this, you can make it inside on your stovetop. Follow the same recipe and cook on medium high heat. Check to make sure that a drop of water sizzles in the oil before adding the fish.
Sprinkle the seasoning on the fish if you want a less strong blackened seasoning.
If you want to tame down the heat of the blackened taste, add in a dash of brown sugar. The sweetness will offset the heat nicely.
It is flown in from Europe and the shipping costs are passed on to the consumer. It may be sold as Sole Meunière.
This is a flatfish from the Soleidae family. While these are most commonly found in Europe, there are some species in American waters.
Sole is a mild, buttery, sweet flavor. It is a firm fish that does not taste “fishy” which makes it perfect for just about anyone.
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Grilled Blackened Dover Sole (10 Minutes)
- Cast Iron Skillet
- 1 lb Dover Sole
- ¼ cup Blackened Seasoning more or less depending on how strong you like it.
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- Set up the grill on direct heat at 400 degrees.
- Add the blackening seasoning to a large Ziploc bag and then add the fillet. Shake it up to fully cover the fish. If you end up with super thin fillets like we did, it will take more than a ¼ cup to cover both sides. If you want a little bit of a milder blackened taste, simply sprinkle on the seasoning rather than tossing it in the bag like it's shake-n-bake.
- Add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil to the cast iron skillet and let it heat up.
- Gently add the fillet and let it cook for one to four minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. Our fish was extremely thin so we cooked it one minute each side. If your sole is thicker, you may have to do a 3-4 minutes. That should give the seasoning enough time to darken significantly. Turn the fillet over and cook until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees. Again, depending on the thickness of the fillet, it could be 1-4 minutes on the second side.
Jason’s been firing up the grill for over 30 years after graduating from the US Coast Guard Academy. His love of finely-grilled steak and chicken led him to buy his first Weber grill to put on his apartment patio in 1992. Each military move led to a new grill (a mixture of gas and charcoal) until he fell in love with the Big Green Egg in 2008. Since then, he has added another 4 grills to the collection. Yes, he has a problem. Jason loves smoking in the ceramic BGE with exotic woods including olive wood from Egypt and hard to find varieties such as sassafras and orange wood. Jason takes the term “foodie” to a whole new level, jumping at the chance to take food tours and cooking classes during foreign travels. These have provided inspiration to incorporate new ideas into recipes when he gets back home. He has been featured in Fox News, Parade, Yahoo News, Kansas City Living and more. After retiring from the military and moving to southwest Florida, he has focused grilling and smoking locally sourced meats and fish (read: he likes to catch his own fish!)