Saturday, March 15, 2014

Weekend Cooking: Easy Fish Piccata

We eat a lot of seafood in my family and every year around the beginning of Lent, I search for new recipes to add to my repertoire. Pinterest is a favorite source of inspiration and last week's find was Easy Fish Piccata. We all loved it but, unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture. I suppose I could have borrowed the photo from Pinterest, but I used a different type of fish... and the recipe was delicious so we were all happy to eat it again this week!

My pin is linked to Very Culinary blog. That recipe calls for frozen barramundi fillets which, as I learned from the post, is sometimes referred to as "sustainable sea bass". They can be purchased at Trader Joe's, but since TJ's won't make a debut in my area until fall, I perused the fresh fish offerings at Wegmans. I opted for flounder, but think sole, tilapia, or similar white fish would have worked just as well.

Here is my adapted version of the recipe:



Easy Fish Piccata 
Serves 2
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients
• 2 Flounder fillets (about 6 ounces each)
• salt and freshly ground black pepper
• all-purpose flour (I used Wegman's Pan Searing Flour)
• nonstick spray
• 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 1/4 cup dry white wine
• 2 garlic gloves, minced
• 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• 1 tablespoon drained capers
• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
• fresh lemon slices
• chopped fresh Italian parsley

Directions
Season fillets with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then dredge in flour. Coat a sauté pan or electric skillet with nonstick spray, add oil, and heat to medium-high. Saute fillets for about 4 minutes on one side; gently flip over and saute the other side for about 3-4 minutes (depending on thickness) until golden. Transfer fillets to a platter.

Deglaze pan with wine and add minced garlic. Cook until liquid is nearly evaporated, about 1-2 minutes. Add broth, lemon juice, and capers. Add in butter. Once butter melts, pour sauce over fillets. Garnish with lemon slices and chopped fresh parsley. Serve immediately.

I served the fish with steamed broccoli and roasted butternut squash. If I'd prepared the squash ahead of time and just warmed it up, the entire dinner could have been on the table in just 15minutes. Meals don't get much quicker or easier than that!


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34 comments:

  1. Oh man this looks good. We eat fish once or twice a week. I'll have to see if Wegman's has good cod today.

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    1. Beth F - I'll bet it's delicious with cod... maybe I'll try that next.

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  2. I love fish -- this piccata looks delish. Am pinning it! Thanks.

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  3. This looks really good. The bonus is that it takes so little time to cook,

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    1. Vasilly - This has got to be the quickest meal ever!

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  4. I love a nice piece of flounder sautéed with lemon and capers - this recipe sounds delicious!

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    1. Sarah - I wouldn't mind eating it again tonight ;)

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  5. I was hoping you'd share this! I would love to cook more fish...I'm up to two trusted recipes and need a lot more. (I'm glad you're getting a TJs. We're getting a Wegmans, so it's a fair trade! :)

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    1. Audrey - You'll have to let me know how it turns out! So simple, elegant, and delicious. I'm not sure how TJ's will fit into my grocery shopping, but they have quite a few products I haven;t seen anywhere else.

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  6. I'm always looking for good Lenten recipes too, I'm going to try this one.

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    1. Diane - This recipe is definitely a keeper. It would be great with chicken pounded thin or veal, too.

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  7. I don't cook fish often. This sounds like such an easy recipe to make, maybe I should give it a try!

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    1. Janel - I hope you try it the next time you're in the mood to cook fish:)

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  8. I have made easy one pan Chicken Piccata many times before--similar recipe using very thin boneless, skinless chicken breasts. However the idea of using some kind of white fish appeals to me, so thank you for sharing.

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    1. Rita - I was just thinking this would be wonderful with very thin pieces of chicken breast or veal, too!

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  9. My husband cooks all the fish around here; I'll have to pass this recipe idea on to him. Looks delicious! I love capers.

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    1. Laurie C - I love capers, too... hope your husband agrees to give it a try!

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  10. JoAnn a great flavour combo - love capers and lemon with fish. Cheers

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    1. Carole - It's one of my favorite combinations, too.

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  11. Shouldn't have read this because I'm hungry and it looks delicious!

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  12. What a pretty fish dish. I don't cook a lot of fish, but I think I could manage that!

    Joy's Book Blog

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    1. Joy - You definitely could... it's SO simple!

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  13. Delicious! I love fish. I'm going to have to copy this down.

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    1. Heidi'sbooks - Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for visiting.

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  14. That looks so yummy. I used to eat a lot of fish but then stopped. I don't know why but I should really start again. Not to mention I love easy meals!

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    1. Darlene - It doesn't get much easier than this! I think would good with very thin chicken cutlets, too.

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  15. I've never heard of fish piccata, but I love chicken piccata! I'm bookmarking this one to try soon.

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    1. Melissa - If you love chicken piccata, you're going to love this, too!

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  16. I make a chicken version but your fish sure looks tasty. And boy oh boy do I wish Weman's would come into the city. So far they are out in suburban VA and near Baltimore. I alone would keep them in business.

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    1. Thomas - It seems like Wegmans has avoided cities and sticks to the suburbs. They are, by far, the best grocery store around and I'm always saying that a Whole Foods could open across the street and I would never shop there. I'm still not sure how (or if) Trader Joe's will fit into my food shopping. My husband likes to joke that Wegmans would send out a search party if more than 3 days has elapsed since my last visit!

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  17. Thanks for this recipe! It's looks delicious and healthy!

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