Italian Baked Crusted Flounder with Rigatoni in Lemon Wine Butter Sauce

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Just when you thought your had the best ever lemon butter wine sauce, you find one like this that tops them all!

No matter whether it's seafood or chicken this will be your last recipe to try it's that good!

Butter, wine, lemon a few shallots and garlic make this creamy sauce drinkable!

The meat or fish is baked with a delicious crumb topping and served on any of your choice pasta.

The choices of meat and pasta are yours to make, this basic recipe is so easy you won't ever believe it didn't come from a 5 star restaurant seriously, you must try this.

Scroll down to our printable recipe card for the best seafood meal you'll ever make and love forever!

flounder on a bed of pasta rigatoni in a wine butter sauce

Buttery Lemon Wine Sauce

If you are a pasta and seafood lover this lemon butter wine sauce is one of the most delicious toppings for both ever!

You really can use any white fish you prefer, we love flounder and this baked in the oven topped with breadcrumbs then added to a bed of rigatoni is amazing in flavors.

The lemon butter wine sauce just compliments the fish and pasta perfectly for a delectable addicting can't wait to have it again.

For those not fond of seafood check below for my other suggestions this sauce goes perfectly with!

this is lemon wine butter sauce

Meat Alternatives

  1. Boneless Chicken Breast Cutlets
  2. Boneless Pork Tenderloin breaded
  3. Filet Mignon topped with breadcrumbs
  4. Venison tenderloin topped with breadcrumbs
  5. Boneless Veal topped with breadcrumbs

raw flounder

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Seafood Lovers

Just a few tips, use any kinds of seafood you prefer.

This version of lemon butter wine sauce is great on shrimp, lobster, crab, haddock, Chilean sea bass and just about every kind of fish in the sea.

We just happen to live in Florida and caught a beautiful Flounder which this was on our menu for this evening.

Again for those not seafood lovers, try boneless chicken or another meat you love!

Italian Baked Crusted Flounder with Rigatoni in Lemon Wine Butter Sauce

Italian Baked Crusted Flounder with Rigatoni in Wine Sauce Pasta

Yield: 4
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 40 Min
delicious breadcrumb topped flounder on top of rigatoni in a wine butter sauce


  • 1 lb flounder (or other white fish) fresh or frozen-thawed
  • around 1/2 cup of more Italian flavored bread crumbs 
  • white wine ( Pinot Grigio or Chablis preferred)
  •  1 tablespoon each fresh parsley, fresh basil, chopped
  •  1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt 
  • grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  •  olive oil 
  • 1 pound of rigatoni pasta cooked to package instructions and drained reserving 1/2 cup pasta water
  • Wine Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh shallot, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons white wine (I use either Chablis or Pinot Grigio)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, cold
  • 1 pinch seasoned salt


  1. Boil pasta in salt water till al dente around 11 to 12 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water.
  2. Toss the pasta with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the pasta water and keep warm.
  3. Preheat to 350-degree hot oven.
  4. In a large oil sprayed pie plate lay the flounder pieces single into the plate. 
  5.  Sprinkle each piece of fish heavily with breadcrumbs. 
  6. Add the herbs and spices evenly on each piece on top. 
  7. Sprinkle with grated cheese. 
  8. Drizzle olive oil over each piece on the top. 
  9. Pour at least 1/4 cup of white wine around the bottom and sides of the fish in the pie plate. 
  10. Bake the fish until the top of the breadcrumbs look crispy around 30 minutes.
  11. Pour the sauce this makes with the baked fish on the pasta bowl and toss with more fresh parsley and grated cheese. 
  12. Spoon the pasta on a plate, fish on top, and serve with wine sauce.
  13. Wine Sauce instructions:
  14. In a small saucepan add the garlic, shallots, salt, wine, and lemon juice.
  15. Boil until this reduces to half.
  16. Whisk in the cold butter until melted and very creamy looking.
  17. Serve over the fish and pasta.

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Italian Baked Crusted Flounder with Rigatoni in Lemon Wine Butter Sauce

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  1. What a rich and tasty pasta! It sound very appetizing. Bye, have a great day

  2. I know I would enjoy the crispy coated fish with the tender pasta..and the sauce...oh the sauce.

  3. I am imagining the wonderful textures as well as taste that you would get with one bit of this-yum! Tasty, healthy and satisfying-that is just the ticket. Great recipe Claudia!

  4. Sounds lovely, Claudia!!! And serving with pasta would make the hubby happy :) I'll have to see if he'll eat flounder~

  5. This sounds like a great way to make fish. Annette and I have been trying to eat more fish. Now we have a new way to make it.

  6. yum, my favorite fish and I like how it is cooked in wine preventing it from drying out all while creating a crusty topping - great recipe....

  7. I hardly ever see recipes for flounder anymore. What a welcome change. Love it's crispiness and a side of pasta is always welcome.

  8. This looks delicious as always. I had fish and pasta (both leftovers) for breakfast this am

  9. Dear Claudia, Sounds delicious and healthy. Have a good day my dear. Blessings, Catherine xo

  10. Such a tasty dish. You make me hungry even if I just had dinner!

  11. Such a tasty dish. You make me hungry even if I just had dinner!

  12. Oh, your pasta dishes always make me swoon. Looks utterly decadent :)

  13. Looks delicious!! Can't wait to try it.

  14. I love the sound of this, Claudia. It's so easy to get into a rut with baked fish but this is so unique! I can't wait to try it

  15. I just adore a beautiful crispy, crunchy coated fish, with a nice pasta on the side, or with even better.
    Love your recipe:DDD

  16. Looks so crispy and delicious over the pasta with wine!

  17. What a beautiful pasta dish...looks delicious!


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