Veal Scaloppini Piccata Recipe

 Scaloppine al Limone

Veal Scaloppini Piccata is an easy-to-follow recipe that you will make time and time again.  Scaloppine is an Italian term describing a thin scallop of meat (most often veal).  They are also known as veal cutlets.  Butter is actually the “secret Ingredient” in this dish.  This is a classic recipe that can be served for any occasion that you desire.  When you do serve it, you feel you have accomplished a gourmet meal.

In Germany and Austria, when breaded and fried, they are called wiener schnitzel.

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Veal Scaloppini Piccata



Veal Scaloppini Piccata Recipe:
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Veal Scaloppini Piccata Recipe
Servings: 4 servings
  • 1 pound veal scaloppine (about 1/4-inch thick)*
  • Coarse salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup flour (all-purpose)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, extra-virgin
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly-squeezed
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, minced, divided
  • 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.  Warm a large platter and individual serving dishes in oven.

  2. Working with one piece of veal at a time, place each between two pieces of plastic wrap.  Working from the center to the edges, gently pound each piece with a meat mallet to approximately 1/8-inch thick.  Sprinkle veal generously with salt and pepper (pressing seasoning lightly with your hands).

  3. In a shallow pie place, add flour.  Lightly dip both sides of veal in flour to coat all sides; shake off excess.

  4. Meanwhile, in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter with the olive oil until very hot and fragrant (the oil helps keep the butter from burning).  Cook the veal cutlets in two batches until cooked through, turning once (about 1 minute per side).  Remove from pan immediately and place on warmed platter and cover loosely with aluminum foil to keep warm.

  5. Add lemon juice and wine to skillet, scraping up browned bits; return to heat and let mixture reduce to approximately 1/2 cup.  Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons butter, capers, and 1 tablespoon of parsley.

  6. Return veal to sauce and warm briefly over medium heat, turning veal in sauce to coat.  Place veal on warmed individual serving plates; divide remaining sauce over each and garnish with remaining 1 tablespoon parsley and lemon slices (if desired).  Serve immediately.

    Veal Scaloppine Piccata
Recipe Notes

* Scalloppine is an Italian term for a thin cutlet of meat (small thinly-sliced pieces of meat), typically veal.  If you can not purchase veal, you can substitute pork tenderloins.



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Comments and Reviews

One Response to “Veal Scaloppini Piccata Recipe”

  1. Thomas Newton

    Unbelievable recipe! This is the best veal I have ever had–so tender we could cut it with our forks! We like capers so the amount was fine but for a lot of people not used to capers they may want to use just one tbsp. I think I may need to change my nationality from German to Italian since this beats Wienerschnitzel by leaps and bounds.


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