Here’s a classic Italian-American veal scallopini that’s so easy and delicious to enjoy at home. It’s a beautifully rich dish bursting with bright lemon flavor in a creamy sauce. Make this restaurant-worthy dish in the comfort of your own home with this easy and fool proof veal scallopini recipe.

close up of one Veal Scallopini cooked in Piccata sauce in a black pot with lemon slices

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What is Veal Scallopini?

Veal scallopini is a classic American – Italian dish based around thin slices of veal, fried in butter, with a piccata sauce that makes this dish oh so rich and saucy. Because the veal is sliced so thinly this dish cooks super quickly so it really is no fuss.

A plate with a serving of veal scallopini next to some spinach salad on a wooden board

Make Veal Scallopini Recipe

Start by making sure you buy quality veal scallopini that’s pre sliced like the one I have here. I got mine from Sealand.

Thin slices of veal scallopini on a plate and a hand patting dry the veal using a paper towel

You can see how perfectly sliced they are, this is the key to the recipe.

Then make sure you pat them dry with a paper towel so they cook nicely with the light batter you will coat them in.

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Start by seasoning the veal with just salt and pepper on both sides.

A hand sprinkling some spice on the flour bowl to coat the veal before searing

To coat the veal, mix the flour, spices, and herbs together in a bowl. I love a blend of fresh herbs and dry spice for ultimate flavor and fresh taste.

The bowl of flour with fresh herbs, spices and parmesan ready for coating the veal

Finally add in some parmesan to the flour. This adds more flavor and ensures the flour sticks to the veal while searing.

A hand holding a slice of veal scallopini using a tong and dredging it in the flour bowl

Now coat the veal fillets on both sides. Make sure the veal is dredged in flour.

Also make sure you remove excess flour.

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To cook the veal use a large frying pan on medium-high heat, and working in batches pan fry the veal fillets in the butter. For even better tasting dishes, try this Garlic Butter Sauce (video) to add more flavor!

The veal scallopini placed in a large cast iron pan with melted butter

Make sure you fry them in a single layer and they should cook very quickly on each side.

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Once you have cooked all the veal scallopini in this way, take them out of the skillet, heat and place them to one side while you make the piccata sauce.

The veal pieces are removed on to a white plate as tthe pan will be used to make the sauce now

Veal Scallopini Piccata

The Piccata in veal scallopini refers to the sauce you have with this dish.

To make the Piccata sauce, start by adding extra butter to the skillet you have been using to fry the veal, along with garlic and the white wine (or stock or water).

melted butter and garlic cooking in the same cast iron pan and a hand pouring some lemon juice to make the piccata sauce

You can use a little bit of olive oil to add a little extra flavor. Keep the skillet at medium heat when cooking the sauce. The lemon juice goes in next.

A hand adding in some capers to the piccata sauce

Cook for a minute or so before adding in veal and the capers and simmer for a further minute or so.

Now add the cream, herbs, and chili flakes and stir throughout the skillet. Stir all the way to the bottom of the pan so the sauce really combines well and you get the flavorsome browned bits that get stuck there. Let simmer on a lower heat for another minute.

A hand finishing off the piccata sauce with a touch of cream in a small cup and the veal being added back to the pan

Let the veal simmer for a bit that they can soak up all the flavors. You can add lemon slices to the dish to give it an extra zingy flavor.

When the dish is done, season with salt and pepper to taste.

The finished veal scallopini in piccata sauce is ready and garnished with herbs and lemon slices

Veal Scallopini Cooking Tips

  1. Start with quality veal scallopini such as the one I use from Sealand Quality Foods. It’s perfectly cut and flash frozen in individual packs.
  2. Make sure you really dredge the veal in the flour mix you have made. This will make sure they get the right texture when cooking.
  3. Use a thick-bottomed skillet if possible. This will help to cook the dish evenly throughout and reduce any possibility of burning.
  4. When making the piccata, allow the ingredients to simmer for enough time that all the flavors really combine nicely.
  5. Let the veal sit in the sauce for a few minutes before serving so the veal scallopini can really soak up the piccata sauce for the best flavor and enjoyment.

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This veal scallopini is a real treat to make and much easier than it looks. It’s a great recipe to make when you want something but special but doesn’t take all that long to cook. 15 minutes tops really. Give it ago, I’m sure you’ll love it.

A piece of veal scallopini cur in half on a plate showing the inside of it served with spinach salad

Veal scallopini FAQ’s

Can I store veal scallopini for later use?

Yes, you can keep it in the fridge for up to three days, though it is best served fresh. You can also freeze it however, fresh is still better.

Can you use another meat to replace veal?

Yes, you could use chicken if you would like to use another meat in the recipe.

What do you serve with veal scallopini?

There are lots of things you can serve as a side dish with veal scallopini.

Rice and potatoes go really nicely with this dish and can soak up the sauce beautifully.

You can also choose to serve it with fresh steamed vegetables like broccoli and carrots or fresh green beans.

It’s really up to you what kind of side you want to go with your veal scallopini but the sides described above are great options.

How long does it take to cook Veal scallopini?

This is a really quick dish to make. The meat cooks super quick as it’s so thin and the sauce is quick too. It shouldn’t take you longer than about 15 or 20 minutes to make.

the veal scallopini in a cast iron skillet with the piccata sauce and surrounded bu extra herbs, chilli flakes and parmesan cheese for garnish if needed

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