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.

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Pacific Sole Butchering Yield Percentage

Item To Skin/On Fillets To Skin/Off Fillets Notes
Whole Round to Dressed Head/On 86% (+/- 4)
Whole Round to Dressed Head/Off 65% (+/- 10)
Whole Round to Skin/Off Fillets 29% (+/- 3)
Head/On gutted 34%
Head/Off gutted 45%
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 fat 156
* Protein grams 32.3
* Fat grams 2.04
* Saturated fat grams .485
* Sodium milligrams 56
* Cholesterol milligrams 82
* Omega-3 grams .3


Pacific Dover Sole Sustainability Info

Name Alternate Names Catch Method Catch
Pacific Dover Sole Dover Sole, Flounder Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl US West Coast, Alaska, British Columbia Yellow-icon_20.png Red-Dot_20.png Yellow-icon_20.png Low
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 Updated
August 2013


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