Veal Oscar

Veal oscar, an indulgent entree featuring pan-seared veal scaloppine topped with sauteed crabmeat and Béarnaise sauce, is typically very high in fat and calories.    This lightened veal oscar is a delicious alternative for health-conscious cooks. 


Yield: 4 servings
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 273
  • Calories from fat: 39%
  • Fat: 11.8g
  • Saturated fat: 4.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.1g
  • Protein: 28.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 15.6g
  • Fiber: 1.3g
  • Cholesterol: 116mg
  • Iron: 3.2mg
  • Sodium: 436mg
  • Calcium: 188mg


  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 slices veal scaloppine (about 1/2 pound)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-calorie margarine, divided
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1/2 pound fresh lump crabmeat, drained
  • 1 lemon, halved and seeded
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and steamed
  • Béarnaise Sauce
  • Fresh tarragon sprigs (optional)


  1. Sprinkle salt and pepper over veal. Combine veal and flour in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal bag, and shake to coat veal with flour.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon of margarine in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add half of veal, and cook for 1 minute on each side or until browned. Remove veal from skillet; set aside, and keep warm. Repeat with remaining 1 tablespoon margarine and veal. Wipe drippings from skillet.
  3. Coat skillet with cooking spray, and place over medium heat. Add the crabmeat, and sauté for 1 minute or until warm. Squeeze the lemon halves over crabmeat, and stir well; remove from heat, and set aside.
  4. Place 3 veal slices and one-fourth of the steamed asparagus on each of 4 serving plates. Spoon the crabmeat evenly over veal, and top each serving with 3 tablespoons Béarnaise Sauce. Garnish with fresh tarragon sprigs, if desired. Serve with angel hair pasta.

Traditional Veal Oscar contains about 725 calories and 60 grams of fat, with 74% of calories from fat. Ours contains a fraction of the calories and fat, with 39% of calories from fat. We suggest serving it with 1/2 cup angel hair pasta to lower each serving to the recommended 30% of calories from fat.

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