The name Lemon sole is a bit of a miracle as this fish is neither a real sole, nor does it taste of lemon. It’s a right-eyed flatfish from the “flounder family” (including plaice and turbot).
The name probably comes from the French name: "limande" or "sole limande". The French term "limande" may come from the French word "lime" and means "file" (a tool used to smooth metal, wood, etc.), possibly referring to the texture of the fish's skin. The Lemon sole has a delicate white flesh with a slightly sweet taste and is best cooked simply, either grilled or fried, and served with a light lemon, garlic and herbs sauce.