A French-inspired recipe for sole from George Rector, a famous American restaurateur from the late 19th to early 20th century.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Add water before butter is completely melted. Place fillets in pan and cook slowly for 8-10 minutes. Turn once during cooking. Remove fillets to hot ovenproof platter.
To the sauce in the frying pan, add the remaining butter. Stir in lemon juice, sherry, and cream. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
Keep the flame on very low and stir gently for 5 minutes. Pour sauce over the fillets and place under a moderate broiler flame. Brown lightly and serve.