Snapper Piccata


Lean snapper in a buttery lemon-caper sauce is a simple main dish, ready in just 30 minutes.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 4 (5 ounce) fresh or frozen snapper fillets with skin, each cut diagonally into thirds (see Tip)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ cup dry white wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • ½ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 4 green onions (white parts only), thinly sliced diagonally

  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained

  • Dash freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 Lemon wedges


  1. Thaw fish, if frozen. Measure thickness of fish. Rinse fish under cold running water; pat dry with paper towels. Set aside.

  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Place fish pieces in skillet, skin sides down. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes per 1/2-inch thickness of fish or until skin is crisp and fish flakes easily when tested with a fork, turning once. Transfer fillets to a serving platter, skin sides up.

  3. Return skillet to heat. Add white wine to skillet; cook for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes or until wine is almost evaporated, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the skillet. Add broth. Bring just to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 4 minutes or until liquid is reduced by about half. Add butter, stirring until it melts; stir in green onions and chives.

  4. Remove skillet from heat; add the lemon juice, capers, and pepper. Pour sauce over fish to serve. If desired, serve with lemon wedges.


Tip: For even crisper fish, dip the fish pieces in 1/4 cup all-purpose flour to coat. Increase oil amount by 2 to 3 teaspoons.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

228 Calories
8g Fat
2g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 3 pieces fish and 2 tablespoons sauce
Calories 228
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 30g 60%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Vitamin A 364IU 7%
Vitamin C 8mg 9%
Folate 16mcg 4%
Sodium 313mg 14%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 1mg 3%
Magnesium 52mg 12%
Potassium 650mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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