Pacific Dover Sole Flavor Profile

Pacific Dover Sole Flavor Scale

Pacific Dover Sole is actually a Flounder and not a Sole. It is also not related to True Dover Sole which is a European fish of much higher quality. More Pacific Dover is sold on the US West Coast than any other flounder, however, the Petrale sole is the most highly regarded of the flounders from this region.

Like other Flounders, Pacific Dover Sole has a mildly sweet flavor with tender, small flakes.

Typical Cooking Methods

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

Alternate Names

Pacific_Dover_Sole.jpgImage from FDA


Pacific Dover Sole Description (Microstomus pacificus)

Pacific Dover Sole are actually a Flounder, not a Sole, but are called “Sole” because the term is more marketable. They can reach sizes up to 2 1/2 feet and 10 pounds, but average commercial catch weight is 1 to 1 1/2 pounds. Pacific Dover’s have a muted, drab coloration which lends itself well to camouflage. They also excrete a type of mucous onto their skin which has earned them the names “slippery sole” and “slime sole” by fishermen.


Fresh Pacific Dover Sole Availability

Fresh seafood availability chart: green areas show peak availability, light green show limited availability, gray indicates not available fresh.



Pacific Sole Butchering Yield Percentage

ItemTo Skin/On FilletsTo Skin/Off FilletsNotes
Whole Roundto Dressed Head/On 86% (+/- 4)
Whole Roundto Dressed Head/Off 65% (+/- 10)
Whole Roundto Skin/Off Fillets 29% (+/- 3)
Head/On gutted34%
Head/Off gutted45%
Yield % varies according to a number of factors including: size of fish, season, sex, and the skill of your fishmonger.


Pacific_Dover_Sole_Range.jpgAquaMaps Data sources: GBIF

Range & Habitat

Pacific Dover Sole range from Baja California to the Bering Sea and dwell on sandy or muddy bottoms at depths between 7 – 4,500 feet deep.

Typical Wholesale Products

Whole, Dressed, H&G, Fillets (2 – 4 oz)


Nutritional Information

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

* Calories/Calories from fat156
* Protein grams32.3
* Fat grams2.04
* Saturated fat grams.485
* Sodium milligrams56
* Cholesterol milligrams82
* Omega-3 grams.3


Pacific Dover Sole Sustainability Info

NameAlternate NamesCatch MethodCatch
Pacific Dover SoleDover Sole, FlounderWild – Bottom Longline, Bottom TrawlUS West Coast, Alaska, British ColumbiaYellow-icon_20.pngRed-Dot_20.pngYellow-icon_20.pngLow
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 RecommendedUpdated
August 2013


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