Witch is afflicted by the common problem of UK consumers shying away from eating species they are unfamiliar with and sticking to consuming the big five species. For this reason witch is sometimes referred to as Torbay sole. This appears to be an attempt to ‘re-brand’ witch and associate it with the more commonly eaten (and more expensive) Dover sole.
Cooking / Eating Benefits
Despite its strange appearance and spooky name, Witch is an excellent eating fish and a fraction of the price of their celebrity cousin the Dover Sole. Current stocks of Witch are also in better shape than Dover Sole so it is also a more sustainable replacement. Witch can be cooked in exactly the same way as any other sole or plaice. As with sole and plaice, it is best cooked simply and on the bone. Grilled, baked or floured and pan-fried, you need do very little to achieve a perfectly cooked piece of fish. A little bit of herb and garlic butter is all that’s needed to make a delicious meal of this fish, or it can be substituted into any other flatfish recipe.