Easy Fish Piccata

Try my Easy Fish Piccata recipe—a quick, delicious family dinner with flounder filets and a simple, buttery garlic sauce.

If you’re like me, finding a meal that’s quick, delicious, and family-friendly can sometimes feel like finding a needle in a haystack. However, my Easy Fish Piccata recipe checks all these boxes and more! Using thin cuts of flounder filets, this dish comes together effortlessly, making it a perfect choice for busy weeknights.

The Appeal of Easy Fish Piccata

What makes this Easy Fish Piccata so special? First, it’s the simplicity. With a handful of ingredients and a few easy steps, you can have a gourmet meal on the table in just 20 minutes. The sauce, made from butter, garlic, lemon, white wine, capers, and fresh parsley, is the star of the show. It’s a beautiful blend of flavors that complement the delicate flounder perfectly.

One of the biggest challenges in cooking for a family is finding recipes that please everyone, especially picky eaters. I was thrilled to see my toddler eating this fish up like it was chicken nuggets! The mild flavor of the flounder, combined with the delicious sauce, made it an instant hit. To make it more kid-friendly, I simply left out the capers off his plate. Without the tangy punch of the capers, the dish becomes even more approachable for young palates.

Pairing Perfection

The sides you choose can make or break a meal, and for this Easy Fish Piccata, I found that angel hair pasta with roasted veggies was the perfect pairing. The lightness of the pasta complements the fish beautifully, while the roasted vegetables add a wonderful depth of flavor and a burst of color to the plate. Plus, the whole meal feels balanced and satisfying.

Yield: 4 servings

Easy Fish Piccata

Easy Fish Piccata

Try my Easy Fish Piccata recipe—a quick, delicious family dinner with flounder filets and a simple, buttery garlic sauce.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 lb thinly sliced flounder filets
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup of flour for dusting the fish lightly

For sauce

  • 3 tbsp of capers + 1 tbsp of caper brine
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 cup white wine (more if you like more sauce)
  • 1/2 a lemon, juiced, the other half sliced for garnish
  • Fresh parsley, about 2 tbsp chopped
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil for searing fish
  • Serve with fresh parmesan cheese if desired


  1. Pat fish dry and season with spice blends
  2. Lightly dust the filets of fish with flour
  3. In a nonstick skillet, heat olive oil on medium heat
  4. Sear fish in batches until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side
  5. Remove fish and set aside
  6. To the same skillet, melt butter and add garlic and capers
  7. Saute for one minute, then deglaze with white wine and bring to a simmer for another minute
  8. Add lemon juice and stir to combine
  9. Add fresh parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper (you won't need much salt because capers are quite salty)
  10. One sauce as reached the desired consistency add fish back to the sauce and baste the fish with the sauce
  11. Do this for a minute until the sauce has thickened further
  12. Turn off the heat and serve warm over angel hair pasta


I loved this with angel hair pasta and roasted veggies!

A Recipe for Success

Another reason this Easy Fish Piccata recipe has become a staple in my household is how quick it is to prepare. The sauce comes together in minutes, and the thin cuts of flounder cook incredibly fast. From start to finish, you can have a restaurant-quality meal on your table in just 20 minutes. It’s hard to beat that when you’re juggling the demands of a busy weeknight!

Cooking fish at home can sometimes feel daunting, but this Easy Fish Piccata proves that it doesn’t have to be. With just a few simple ingredients and minimal effort, you can create a dish that’s sure to impress. Whether you’re cooking for a family dinner or looking for a quick and easy meal for yourself, this recipe is a must-try.

So next time you’re in need of a quick, delicious, and family-friendly dinner, give this Easy Fish Piccata a try. It’s sure to become a favorite in your household, just like it has in mine. Happy cooking!


1 Comment

  1. Madeline
    May 30, 2024 / 3:01 pm

    Looks delicious & seasoning items easily obtained in grocery store. Will try this recipe.

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