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In just 25 minutes, you can make succulent Pork Piccata. Crispy on the outside, juicy in the middle and bathed in a luscious lemon, butter and caper sauce, these pork chops are a restaurant-worthy meal.

Pork Piccata served on a gray oval platter with lemon slices and fresh parsley.

The prep for this dish takes all of 5 minutes. Just gather your ingredients, squeeze and zest a lemon, season and flour the pork chops and you’re ready to go. Just wait until you smell the citrusy, buttery sauce! A perfect dish for weeknight dinners and one you’d be proud to serve guests or your sweetheart on a date night.

Ingredients You Need to Make Pork Piccata

Pork Piccata Ingredients on a white marble board.
  • Pork Chops: bone-in pork chops for the most flavor and juiciest texture – if you use boneless pork loin chops, reduce the cooking time by a minute or two.
  • Flour: all-purpose flour
  • Olive Oil: extra-virgin olive oil 
  • Butter: salted or unsalted butter
  • White Wine: or chicken stock / chicken broth
  • Lemon: fresh lemon juice and zest
  • Capers: ideally non-pareil
  • Parsley: fresh flat leaf / Italian parsley
  • Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

What is piccata?

Piccata is a traditional Italian dish, and the Italian word “piccata” refers to meat or fish that’s “sliced, sautéed, and served in a sauce containing lemon, butter and spices”. In Italy it’s most commonly made with veal and with chicken in the United States.

Aside from tradition, this dish is endlessly versatile and Pork Picatta is the perfect example. The zesty, buttery sauce elevates tender, juicy pork chops to a meal worth remembering. And the same goes for other cuts of meat like Chicken Piccata / Chicken Thigh Piccata, fish and seafood, like Salmon Picatta and Shrimp Piccata and vegetables like Cauliflower Piccata.

Pork Piccata served on a gray oval platter.

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How to Make Pork Piccata

Season pork chops with salt and pepper and dust with a light coat of flour.

flour dusted pork chops on a metal sheet.

Add pork chops in a single layer to hot olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook 4 minutes on each side. Transfer to platter and tent with aluminum foil. 

To the skillet, add wine, lemon juice, and capers and bring to boil. Cook and stir until thickened; remove from heat and stir in butter until melted. Spoon sauce over pork chops and serve garnished with fresh parsley.

Pork Piccata

5 from 6 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Calories: 451
Servings: 4 people
Succulent, crisply coated pork chops in a lemon butter caper sauce are a restaurant-worthy meal you can make in 25 minutes!

Ingredients  

  • 4 bone-in pork chops 1/2-inch thick, 5-6 ounces each
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 large lemon juiced, ~3 tablespoons
  • 1/4 cup capers drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • thin slices of fresh lemon for garnish, optional

Instructions 

  • Season pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper. Dust with flour, shaking off any excess.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add pork chops in a single layer and cook until browned, about 4 minutes; flip and cook 4 minutes more, or until browned and just cooked through. Transfer to serving platter and tent with foil.
  • Add wine, lemon juice, and capers to skillet; bring to boil. Cook and stir until sauce has thickened, scraping up any browned bits. Remove from heat, add butter and stir to melt; spoon sauce over pork chops. Garnish with parsley and lemon slices if using and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 451kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 464mg | Potassium: 725mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 606IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. John J says:

    5 stars
    Liked the gravy. Always have trouble with piccata dishes because gravy separates and never thickens. This one worked well. Don’t know what I did differently but it was delicious. Thanks for the keeper recipe.

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      My pleasure, John! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the recipe and appreciate you coming back to let me know.