Sole is a delicately flavored fish with a fine, firm texture; it is ideally suited for combining with sauces.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 red bell pepper, cut into ¼-inch-wide strips
¼ cup thinly sliced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
¾ cup water
¼ cup tomato paste
1 tablespoon minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano, or 1 teaspoon dry oregano
¼ teaspoon chili powder, or to taste
¼ teaspoon ground cumin, or to taste
¼ teaspoon paprika, or to taste
Pinch of cayenne pepper, or to taste
4 plum tomatoes, cut into ¼-inch cubes
4 sole fillets (about 4 ounces each)
Sprigs of fresh cilantro or flat-leaf parsley for garnish
Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet, over medium heat. Add the bell pepper and onion; cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic; continue cooking 30 seconds longer, or until the vegetables are tender.
Meanwhile, stir together the water, tomato paste, parsley, oregano, chili powder, cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Add the mixture to the vegetables in the skillet.
Reduce the heat to medium-low; add the plum tomato, stirring until the mixture is well combined and the tomato is softened, about 1 minute. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Remove the skillet from the heat, cover to keep warm, and set aside.
Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the sole in the skillet; cook for 2 minutes, to brown lightly; turn and cook for 2 more minutes, until the fish flakes with a fork.
To serve, place the sole on serving plates; top with the bell pepper mixture and garnish.
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