White Fish Piccata
with roasted broccoli / quinoa
Chicken piccata is a classic dish that is known for its rich sauce of lemon, capers, parsley, and butter. This version has the same delicious sauce but is served over tender flaky fish for a lighter twist. This meal was last featured in 2021.
- Quinoa, uncooked - 1 1/3 cups
- Stock, chicken - 2 2/3 cups
- Garlic - 2 cloves , chopped
- Parsley - 1 Tbsp , chopped
- Fish, any flaky white variety - 4 filets
- Flour, all-purpose - 1/2 cup
- Salt - 1/2 tsp
- Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
- Oil, cooking - 3 Tbsp
- Wine, white - 1/2 cup (sub stock)
- Stock, any type - 1/2 cup
- Lemon juice - 2 1/2 Tbsp
- Capers - 2 Tbsp , drained
- Butter - 2 Tbsp
- Sugar - 1/2 tsp
- Broccoli florets - 2 lbs , chopped
- Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
- Vinegar, balsamic - 4 tsp
- Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/2 tsp
Quinoa - (This makes enough for 2 nights; if prepping right before cooking, get oven heating first.) Combine quinoa with stock (portion for quinoa) in a saucepan. Add some salt. Bring to a boil covered. Lower heat, keep covered, and cook until liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Fish - Rinse and pat dry. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
Heat oven to 425F / 218C.
Toss broccoli with cooking oil (portion for broccoli), balsamic vinegar, red pepper flakes, and some salt and pepper. Spread out on a sheet pan and roast for 20 minutes, shaking pan halfway through cooking. This makes enough for 2 nights; reserve half if making Tuesday's meal.
Meanwhile, fill a shallow dish with flour, salt, and pepper and place it near the stove.
Heat a nonstick pan or skillet with cooking oil (portion for fish) over medium-high heat. Working with one piece of fish at a time, dredge it in flour, shaking off any excess. Place fish in the skillet and sear on each side until golden brown, ~2 minutes per side. (If not all of the fish will fit in the pan at once, cook it in batches, adding more oil as needed).
Transfer cooked fish to a plate and set aside. Keep pan over heat.
To heated pan, slowly add white wine and garlic, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Bring to a simmer. Add stock (portion for fish). Simmer until sauce thickens slightly, 1 to 2 minutes.
Remove pan from heat and whisk in lemon juice, capers, butter, sugar, and parsley. Taste and season with some salt and pepper.
If quinoa was made ahead, reheat in the microwave (remember to reserve half if making Wednesday's meal).
Serve fish over quinoa with sauce spooned over top. Enjoy broccoli on the side.