(Solea solea)

Our Dutch fishery specializes in catching this flatfish, among other things. Sole is mainly found in the North Sea. Sole is a 'bottom dweller', just like most other flatfish. The tongue is buried in the sand during the day and looks for food at night.

Pigmented side brown to dark brown with irregularly distributed and shaped spots and dots, blind side cream-coloured. Maximum length 70 cm.


Tongue is a true delicacy. The taste is not typically fishy and resembles that of shrimp.

Method of preparation

Sole can be prepared in different ways: baking, grilling, steaming and stewing. The tongue must be skinned before preparation.

Nutritional values

364 kJ / 96 kcal, 1.8 g fat (of which 0.4 mg Omega-3), 17 g protein, 0.4 mg iron, vitamins B1 and B2.


Avoid / Catch

Eastern Atlantic Ocean, from southern Norway to Senegal almost the entire Mediterranean Sea.

Fish fact

The name 'solea' comes from the Greek 'because the Greeks thought that its shape made a good sandal for a sea nymph' (Day).

More information

The name slip sole is used for the smallest grading. There are a number of misunderstandings about the correct spelling of sliptongue. There are quite a few supporters for the designation mud sole with a 'b'. 'Sludge' would refer to the silt on the seabed that sole likes to hide in. However, 'slip' with a 'p' comes from English and means small.