A popular orange-spotted flat sea fish with a mild, sweet flavour. Unfortunately stocks of plaice have suffered from their success and have been subject to intense over-fishing. Look for a sustainable source of plaice labelled with the MSC blue tick, or a more sustainable flatfish such as dab, flounder or lemon sole.
Plaice is available fresh or frozen and can be bought whole or as fillets.
Plaice cooks very quickly - fillets should only need a total cooking time of 4-5 minutes, whether grilled, fried or poached. Use the poaching liquid to make a sauce, or coat fillets of plaice in egg and breadcrumbs and pan fry in butter and a little oil.