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Chef John's Crab-Stuffed Sole

Rated as 4.83 out of 5 Stars

"There is nothing exciting about sole. It's cheap, easy to find, has a mild, unremarkable flavor, and that's about it. Which means it's the perfect candidate for jazzing up by stuffing with crab. Serve with asparagus and lemon."
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35 m servings 474 cals
Original recipe yields 2 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly oil a baking dish.
  2. Combine crab, poblano pepper, panko bread crumbs, green onion, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl.
  3. Stir mayonnaise, lemon zest, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl.
  4. Place sole fillets, flat-side up, on a work surface. Season fillets with salt. Divide crab mixture between fillets and roll filets up around filling. Place rolled sole in the prepared baking dish.
  5. Spread 1/2 the mayonnaise mixture over the sides and tops of each sole roll to coat. Place remaining 1/2 the mayonnaise mixture in a piping bag. Pipe mayonnaise mixture in a zigzag pattern over the top of each roll and sprinkle paprika over the top.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until browned on top and fish flakes easily with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 474 calories; 32 g fat; 4.6 g carbohydrates; 41.3 g protein; 127 mg cholesterol; 831 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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It was wonderful, even though I Made a booboo. I added the Mayo and zest in the stuffing. So I did make the topping for the rolled filet of sole and sprinkled the top with a little nacho spice....

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I found it to be a bit dry and kind of bland but I liked the overall recipe. Next time I will add more seasoning & something to moisten the stuffing - perhaps 2 or 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise. A...

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It was wonderful, even though I Made a booboo. I added the Mayo and zest in the stuffing. So I did make the topping for the rolled filet of sole and sprinkled the top with a little nacho spice....

This was really quick and easy to make and turned out delicious. I used canned cocktail shrimp because I didn't have crab meat and I always use cornflake crumbs in place of panko or breadcrumbs...

"Wow! Thank you honey. This is really good!" That's what my husband said tonight when I served this for supper. It was easy to make and it is so tasty! Thank you Chef John!

Who needs Red Lobster when you can make this at home? Other than omitting the pablano pepper and using Basa instead of Sole, I followed the recipe as written - and WOW!!! My husband doesn't like...

I saw this recipe and just had to try it. I'm always looking for new seafood recipes and this one turned out very good. I couldn't find any sole, so I bought 12 oz of flounder. My fillets wer...

I loved this recipe and made it last night for my Christmas Eve guests and everyone loved it. I didn't change a thing except that I didn't have any Poblano peppers and used marinated jalapenos i...

Liked this a lot but felt it was missing something.I love to play with recipes so the next time I made it,I added chopped spinach to the stuffing.If using frozen,squeeze it very dry.Also tried i...

Wife and I tried this recipe a couple nights ago. We both thought it was very good. Will definitely make it again.

Sole was on sale. Only had to buy 4 oz of crab? Was SO easy. Followed the recipe exactly. Guests raved. Will definitely make again!