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When you can’t decide between a chicken dinner or beef dinner, this healthy veal scallopini recipe is a great one to try! While veal is definitely beef, this dish has elements of both. Veal piccata is made with thinly sliced veal cutlets that are coated with a creamy caper and wine sauce. It’s as delicious as it sounds. The flavors are bright from the white wine and lemon, yet creamy from the butter.
Serve the veal scallopini with zucchini noodles, mashed cauliflower, roasted vegetables, or just about any salad.
What Is Veal Scallopini?
Scallopini refers to thinly sliced meat, usually beef, veal, or chicken. (Including in chicken piccata!) So, veal scallopini is a dish made with thinly sliced veal cutlets and usually a reduced sauce.
In this healthy veal scallopini recipe, we’re using an Italian piccata sauce which is a creamy, white-wine-based sauce with capers.
Veal Scallopini Recipe Ingredients
This healthy recipe for veal scallopini requires just 8 ingredients:
- Veal cutlets
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
- Olive oil
- White cooking wine
- Chicken bone broth
- Lemon juice
- Fresh parsley (optional, for garnish)
How To Make Veal Scallopini
Making this veal piccata dish only takes a few simple steps:
- Prep cutlets. Use the flat side of a meat tenderizer to pound cutlets to 1/8-inch thickness and season with salt and pepper on each side.
- Brown veal. Heat oil in a skillet until shimmering. Cook the veal cutlets in one layer, working in batches, for about 30-45 seconds per side. Transfer to a plate and top with foil to keep warm. Repeat with remaining oil and veal.
- Make veal piccata sauce. Reduce heat, add butter and garlic, and saute until fragrant. Add white wine, bone broth, and lemon juice. Deglaze the pan by scraping up any cooked bits from the pan up into the sauce.
- Finish the sauce. Add capers and bring sauce to a boil, then simmer until thickened. Stir more butter, and adjust salt and pepper if necessary.
- Finish veal. Add the cooked veal back into the pan and coat in sauce.
Italian Veal Scallopini FAQs
Is veal scallopini healthy?
Yes, this is a healthy meal. Each serving has 25 grams of protein and less than 3 grams of carbs.
How many veal piccata calories per serving?
There are about 260 calories per serving in this veal piccata recipe.
Can I make it dairy-free?
You can swap out the butter with your favorite dairy-free butter alternative. I’ve had good results using this butter-flavored coconut oil in other recipes, but haven’t tried it with this one.
Can I make this with chicken?
Yes, you could also make this recipe with thinly sliced chicken or pork. The cooking time may change a bit, but the flavors will be delicious with chicken and pork as well.
Veal Piccata Storage Instructions
Can you make it ahead?
This recipe takes less than 30 minutes, so I would recommend just making it right before serving for the best veal scallopini.
How to store veal piccata:
Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
Can you freeze veal piccata?
You can freeze leftover veal, but know that the texture of the sauce may not be as silky smooth when you reheat it.
How to reheat healthy veal scallopini:
Reheat veal gently in a hot skillet or in the microwave, just until hot.
What To Serve With Veal Scallopini
- Salads – Salads such as kale and brussels sprout salad, Italian artichoke salad, or baby kale salad pair well with healthy veal cutlet recipes like this one.
- Vegetable Sides – Vegetable sides such as roasted zucchini, roasted vegetables, as well as rice or riced cauliflower, are all great options.
- Bread – You don’t want to waste any of the easy veal piccata sauce, so sop up any extra with 90-second bread, almond flour bread, or my keto dinner rolls.
- Healthy Pasta Alternatives – Most traditional Italian meals are served with pasta, but I prefer pasta alternatives like zucchini noodles.
Tools To Make Veal Piccata
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- Meat Tenderizer – Use the flat side to pound veal and chicken for cutlets, or the textured side for tenderizing.
- 12-Inch Skillet – This nonstick skillet has an extra large surface area, which is great for veal cutlets since they take up a lot of space.
- Wooden Spoon – The flat edge on this spoon makes it easy to deglaze the pan and scrape up all of those flavorful bits.
Healthy Veal Scallopini Piccata Recipe
Healthy Veal Scallopini Piccata Recipe
This healthy veal scallopini recipe looks fancy, but it's actually a quick 20-minute dinner! Veal piccata comes with a light, creamy lemon caper sauce.
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Pound the veal cutlets using the flat side of a meat tenderizer to 1/8-inch thickness. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
In a 12-inch skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat, until shimmering. Working in batches, add the veal cutlets in a single layer. Saute for about 30-45 seconds per side, until juices run clear. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Repeat with all the veal cutlets, adding the remaining olive oil halfway through.
Reduce heat to medium. Add a tablespoon of butter to the pan. Add minced garlic and saute for about a minute, until fragrant.
Add the white wine, broth, and lemon juice. Scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon or spatula to release any browned bits (this is called deglazing). Add the capers. Increase heat to bring to a boil, then simmer for 7-10 minutes, until volume is reduced by half and slightly thickened.
Stir in remaining butter, until melted. Simmer for another 3-4 minutes, until thickened. Taste and adjust salt and pepper to taste, if desired.
Return the veal to the pan and coat in sauce. Serve with fresh parsley, if desired.
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Serving size: 1 veal cutlet (~3 oz)
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Excellent recipe. Easy to make and delish.
I’ve made veal piccata several times ~ sometimes successfully, sometimes not. I’ve got all the ingredients lined up (prepped) to make this tonight and I will be more than happy to come back and let you know how it turned out. ( I also do it with a pasta with spinach thrown in at the last minute of cooking to accompany the dish) My only issue is that this says the prep is 5 minutes. Because it is best to lay out all the ingredients before one starts to cook, I did this tonight. It is not a 5-minute process. I am not going to rate in order to give you an opportunity to respond. I do hope it turns out well and I promise to return and let you know. Take care,
Wholesome Yum D0
Hi Kathy, The only prep is tenderizing and seasoning the meat. The rest of the time is spent cooking the dish. And yes, I gather all my ingredients before I begin cooking.
Made this today. Amazing recipe. Turned out perfect! Ty!
Thank you for a great keto veal recipe. Have never cooked with veal before and should have pounded the meat better, other than that, the sauce is awesome. It’s easy, quick and delicious. My husband has just had a second helping.
Can you make it with a little more sauce so that you could serve it with pasta and have sauce for the pasta too? And if you have for a party of 6, could you sauté the veal and put in a warming drawer and then make sauce when company arrives and ready to eat? Then our veal back in sauce?
Wholesome Yum M0
Hi Susan, Absolutely, you can double the sauce to serve with pasta if desired. It will change the nutrition but will go nicely with the dish. It should work fine to leave the cutlets in a warmer. Just be sure the temp is low enough so you aren’t continuing to cook them! Enjoy!
Hello and thank you for this veal piccata recipe. It looks simple yet tasty and I am anxious to try it. As I cook for someone with chronic kidney disease, I must watch protein, sodium, potassium, and phosphorous amounts. Other than protein, I do not see the counts for sodium, potassium, and phosphorous. Could you supply these please? Thank you in advance.
Wholesome Yum M0
Hi Debbie, I am sorry, I don’t have this information. Feel free to enter the recipe into an online recipe calculator, where you can get an accurate picture of the nutrition with your grocery brands, etc.
So easy and delicious! Can’t wait to try the recipe 🙂
Looks so delicious! I know my family would go crazy for this.
Can’t wait to try this, I know it’s going to be a hit!
Wow loved this recipe! It looks very tempting
I love how quick and easy this recipe this is! Perfect for a busy night!
I love chicken piccata. This veal is even better. Perfectly balanced flavors.
Ah! Can’t wait to try the recipe.
Love that this is only 20 minutes and will totally make my hubbies belly happy (and mine too!)
Perfect for a tasty dinner!