This idea comes from Food Glorious Food, I've only twisted it a bit, maybe also because I had some more time to make dinner than she did.
For the fish:
- 1 cup blanched sliced almonds
- Kosher salt
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 eggs
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 cleaned sole fillets (6 ounces each)
- 1 small shallot, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Set a large nonstick saute pan over medium heat. Add the almonds and toast until golden brown, about 5 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and set aside.
Return the pan to medium heat and add 2 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of butter to the pan.
Put the flour in a shallow dish and season with salt and pepper, to taste. In another shallow dish, whisk together the egg and milk and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Dredge the fillets in the seasoned flour, then dip them into the egg mixture. Allow some of the excess egg to drain off, then add them to the hot pan.
Cook 2 pieces at a time. Fry for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, then carefully turn the fish over to cook the other side. With a spoon, baste the fillets with the butter sauce. Repeat basting to ensure the fish remains moist. Once the other side is cooked (about 30 seconds) carefully remove the fillets from the pan to a serving platter.
Once the fillets have been removed from the pan, add the chopped shallots and gently saute over low heat until translucent, about 1 minute. Deglaze the pan with the white wine and finish with the lemon juice. Swirl in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the parsley and season, to taste, with salt and pepper. To serve, spoon the sauce over the top of the fillets and sprinkle generously with the toasted almonds.