Grey Sole (Witch Flounder)

Other Common Names:

Witch Flounder or Pole Dab.


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Identification & Biology: Grey sole can grow in length to more than 40 in. but more often are spotted at sizes nearing 2 ft. Fish called sole, flounder, turbot, dab and halibut all belong to the same unique family of flatfish. These fish all have oval shaped bodies, dark on top, light on bottom and odd looking eyes on the same (top) side of their heads. They are bottom dwellers, propelling themselves with a wave like motion along the sandy bottom of the sea. With the exception of halibut, and some large flounders and turbots, most are small, in the 1 to 3 pound range.

Range & Habitat: Sole and flounder are harvested on the East and West Coast, as well as the Gulf of Mexico.

Market Description: The U.S harvests between 2,000 and 2,500 tons per year of the gray sole. European production is estimated at 15,000 to 20,000 tons per year. the East Coast, Summer flounder is the most abundant, and can weight up to 20 pounds.

Buying Tips: The different species vary greatly in quality, taste and texture.Of all the soles, Grey Sole is the smallest fillet with the most delicate flavor.

Recommended Preparation: As with all members of this family, Grey Sole is very lean and easily prepared; simply broiled or elegantly stuffed with crabmeat. The meat of the gray sole flounder is considered to be of high quality in flavor and texture.