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Cod Piccata

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One pot Cod Piccata is a delicious flaky white fish recipe. Inspired by Italian Chicken Piccata, the fish is cooked with a light lemon butter sauce with capers. Full of fresh flavors and perfect for a healthy spring or summer dinner idea.
A white plate with pieces of Cod Piccata on it with parsley

This Cod Piccata is an amazing Italian inspired recipe using the popular white and flaky fish instead of chicken.

A white plate with pieces of Cod Piccata on it with parsley

Why You Will Love This Recipe

This one pot Cod Piccata is a great way to cook up a flaky white fish recipe with an easy and light sauce.

Inspired by the popular Italian Chicken Piccata, this recipe cooks the fish in a simple sauce made with lemon, butter, and capers.

Serve it up with rice, pasta, or even just vegetables.


These are the ingredients you need to make Cod Piccata:

  • Cod Fillets
  • Flour
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Chicken Stock
  • Butter
  • Lemon
  • Capers
  • Red Onion
  • Garlic
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
A closer view of one piece of cod on a white plate with sauce


This is the equipment you need to make the fish recipe:

  • Large Skillet
  • Spatula
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cups
  • Paper Towels
  • Whisk

Instruction Overview

First dry off your fish and season with salt and pepper.

Lightly coat the fish with flour.

Cod piece being coated in flour on plates, sitting on a counter

Heat the skillet with the oil and when hot, cook the fish for approximately 2-3 minutes per side.

The fish is done when it is white and opaque in the center, and the temperature is 145F.

Set the cooked fish aside.

In the same skillet cook the onion, and then garlic.

Add the lemon slices and stock and reduce until thicker.

Add the lemon juice and capers.

Reduce heat and whisk in the butter to make a thick sauce.

The sauce simmering wit butter, parsley, capers, and lemon slices

Remove sauce from the heat and add the parsley.

Season with salt and pepper.

Serve with the fish!

Modifications and Substitutions

You can completely skip the flour if desired to make it gluten free. Just sear the fish in a skillet with a little oil.

Great additions could include adding some olives along with the capers, or adding some chopped prosciutto along with the onion.

Top view of a large white plate with three pieces of Cod Piccata. Lemon and parsley around the plate.

Kim’s Tips

The sauce has a darker color due to picking up the bits from the cooked fish. If you want a lighter looking sauce, use a new skillet for the sauce. But you will also be missing out on some of that flavor!

I recommend serving this with more fresh parsley and more lemon wedges to squeeze on top!


How do you cook cod so it isn’t rubbery?

The key is to not overcook the fish.
This can be tricky as the exact cooking time will vary slightly with exactly how thick your fish pieces are.
Cook each fish piece to an internal temperature of 145F if you have a thermometer.

What is the difference between scallopini and piccata?

Piccata is a sauce, and scallopini is a cooking method.

Why is my cod rubbery?

It was likely overcooked and became tough.

What wine is best for piccata?

Use a wine on the drier side. Stay away from sweet wine.
Three pieces of Cod Piccata on a white round plate with lemon and parsley garnishes
Pin of Cod Piccata pieces on a white plate with title at top
A white plate with pieces of Cod Piccata on it with parsley

Cod Piccata

One pot Cod Piccata is a delicious flaky white fish recipe. Inspired by Italian Chicken Piccata, the fish is cooked with a light lemon butter sauce with capers. Full of fresh flavors and perfect for a healthy spring or summer dinner idea.
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, Seafood
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 320kcal



  • 4 servings cod fillets approximately 4 ounces each
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ cup red onion chopped (approximately 1/2 medium onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 lemons plus more for serving if desired
  • 1 cup chicken stock or broth
  • 2 Tablespoons capers drained and rinsed
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter chilled
  • 2 Tabespoons fresh parsley chopped


  • Pat the cod dry with paper towels.
    4 servings cod fillets
  • Season both sides of the code with some salt and pepper.
    salt, black pepper
  • Coat the cod in a light coating of flour, shaking off the excess.
    ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • When hot, add the oil. And when the oil is hot, add the fish to the skillet.
    (If your skillet is running too hot, turn the heat down some).
    3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes until browning. Gently flip the fish over.
  • Continue cooking another 2-3 minutes. The fish is done when the center is a white opaque (not clear) and registers 145°F inside.
  • Remove fish from heat and set aside.
  • Add the onion to the skillet and cook until soft, approximately 2 minutes.
    ½ cup red onion
  • Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
    2 cloves garlic
  • Cut one half of one lemon into slices approximately 1/4 inch thick.
    2 lemons
  • Add the stock and lemon slices to the skillet and simmer until reduced and a little thick, approximately 6-7 minutes.
    1 cup chicken stock
  • Add the juice from the remaining 1.5 lemons to the skillet along with the capers.
    2 lemons, 2 Tablespoons capers
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • Whisk the butter into the sauce, one tablespoon at a time, until incorporated.
    3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and whisk in the fresh parsley.
    2 Tabespoons fresh parsley
  • Season with salt and black pepper.
  • Serve the cod with the sauce as desired.


This fish and sauce would be great served on top of pasta, with rice, or even just vegetables.
Add a twist by adding some olives along with the capers, or even some chopped prosciutto along with the onion.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 898mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 392IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg

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By on March 1st, 2023

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Kim has grown up with a passion for cooking good food! You can find her in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes, making dog treats, and eating Italian food!

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8 thoughts on “Cod Piccata”

  1. 5 stars
    Oh my, this dish looks absolutely delicious and very tasty! The presentation makes this so enticing and tempting! I just love the lemon butter sauce it adds more taste and flavor to this amazing dish! Loved it!


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