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Petrale Sole Flavor Profile

Petrale Sole are considered to be the most flavorful and desirable of Pacific Flounders.  They have a mild, delicately nutty, sweet flavor with small, firm flakes.

Typical Cooking Methods

  • Bake
  • Broil
  • Deep-Fry
  • Grill
  • Poach
  • Saute
  • Smoke
  • Steam
  • Sushi

Alternate Names

Brill, Flounder, California Sole, Jordan's Flounder, Round Nosed Sole

Petrale Sole Description (Eopsetta jordani)

Petrale Sole are actually a right-eyed Flounder, not a Sole, but are called "Sole" because the term is more marketable.  They are considered the "premium" Pacific Flounder.  They have light to dark brown skin on their upper side, white on the bottom side. Average catch weight is about 2 pounds but they can grow as large as 2 feet long (70 cm) and 8 lbs (3.7 kg). Average life-span is about 17 years, but they can live to be about 35 years old.

Petrale Sole
picture (Eojor_u1.jpg) by
Archipelago Marine Research Ltd.

Typical Wholesale Products

Whole, Dressed, H&G, Fillets (4 - 6 oz avg)

Petrale Sole Availability

Fresh Petrale Sole availability chart:  green areas show peak availability, light green indicate limited availability. Petrale Sole is a by-catch fish and so has inconsistent availability.

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Petrale Sole Butchering Yield Percentage

ItemTo Skin/On FilletsTo Skin/Off FilletsNotes
Whole Round
-- -- to Dressed Head/On 86%   (+/- 4)
Whole Round  -- -- to Dressed Head/Off 65%   (+/- 10)
Whole Round -- -- to Skin/Off Fillets 30% (+/- 2)
Head/On gutted  -- 34% --
Head/Off gutted  -- 44% --
Yield % varies according to a number of factors including: size of fish, season, sex, and the skill of your fishmonger.


Range & Habitat

Petrale Sole is found in the eastern Pacific Coast line from northern Mexico to the Bering Sea.  They are common at depths of 300-500 feet deep, yet have been found as deep as 1,370 feet.

AquaMaps     Data sources: GBIF


Nutritional Information

based upon a 6 oz (171 grams) raw edible serving

* Calories/Calories from fat 156
* Protein grams  32.2
* Fat grams  2
* Saturated fat grams  .49
* Sodium milligrams  139
* Cholesterol milligrams  82
* Omega-3 grams  .3


Petrale Sole Sustainability Info

NameAlternate NamesCatch MethodCatch
Petrale Dover Sole Sole
Wild - Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Midwater Trawl US West Coast, Alaska,
British Columbia
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Disclaimer: The sustainability info above is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, each program randomly updates their information without our knowledge. We therefore recommend that you verify the current accuracy of this information.

 Green-icon_20.png = Best Choice/Recommended     Yellow-icon_20.png = Good Alternative     Red-Dot_20.png = Avoid/Not Recommended
August 2013


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