Lemon-Ginger Tilapia with Vegetable Fregola Sarda Pasta

Lemon-Ginger Tilapia

with Vegetable Fregola Sarda Pasta

35 MIN
4 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

For a bright, dynamic topping to serve atop simply seared tilapia, you’ll make a pan sauce of honey, fresh ginger, lemon juice, and more. A bed of warm fregola sarda tossed with tender zucchini and carrots is perfect for catching every bite of the zesty sauce.
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Lemon-Ginger Tilapia with Vegetable Fregola Sarda Pasta
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  • 4 Tilapia Fillets
  • 1¼ cups Fregola Sarda Pasta
  • 1 Lemon
  • ¾ lb Carrots
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 2 oz Butter
  • 1 Piece Ginger
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
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Prepare the ingredients & start the sauce
1 Prepare the ingredients & start the sauce

Remove the honey from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel the carrots and thinly slice on an angle. Halve the zucchini lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Peel the ginger; finely chop to get 1 tablespoon (you may have extra). Halve the lemon crosswise; squeeze the juice into a bowl, straining out the seeds. Add the honey (kneading the packet before opening) and 1/4 cup of warm water. Whisk until thoroughly combined. 

Cook the pasta
2 Cook the pasta

Place the pasta in a strainer and thoroughly rinse under water to remove any excess starch. Add to the pot of boiling water. Cook, uncovered, 7 to 8 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Add half the butter; stir until melted and combined.

Cook the vegetables & finish the pasta
3 Cook the vegetables & finish the pasta

Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced carrots and sliced zucchini; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned and slightly softened. Add the chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened. Turn off the heat. Transfer to the pot of cooked pasta; stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cover to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the fish
4 Cook the fish

Pat the fish dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned fish. Cook 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until lightly browned and cooked through.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate. 

*The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 145°F for fish.

Finish the sauce & serve your dish
5 Finish the sauce & serve your dish

To the pan of reserved fond, add the chopped ginger (if the pan seems dry, add a drizzle of olive oil); season with salt and pepper. Cook on medium-high, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the sauce (carefully, as the liquid may splatter) and remaining butter. Cook, stirring frequently and scraping up any fond, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined and the butter has melted. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the cooked fish over the finished pasta. Top the fish with the finished sauce. Enjoy!

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Prepare the ingredients & start the sauce
1 Prepare the ingredients & start the sauce

Remove the honey from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel the carrots and thinly slice on an angle. Halve the zucchini lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Peel the ginger; finely chop to get 1 tablespoon (you may have extra). Halve the lemon crosswise; squeeze the juice into a bowl, straining out the seeds. Add the honey (kneading the packet before opening) and 1/4 cup of warm water. Whisk until thoroughly combined. 

2 Cook the pasta

Place the pasta in a strainer and thoroughly rinse under water to remove any excess starch. Add to the pot of boiling water. Cook, uncovered, 7 to 8 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Add half the butter; stir until melted and combined.

Cook the pasta
Cook the vegetables & finish the pasta
3 Cook the vegetables & finish the pasta

Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced carrots and sliced zucchini; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned and slightly softened. Add the chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened. Turn off the heat. Transfer to the pot of cooked pasta; stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cover to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

4 Cook the fish

Pat the fish dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned fish. Cook 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until lightly browned and cooked through.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate. 

*The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 145°F for fish.

Cook the fish
Finish the sauce & serve your dish
5 Finish the sauce & serve your dish

To the pan of reserved fond, add the chopped ginger (if the pan seems dry, add a drizzle of olive oil); season with salt and pepper. Cook on medium-high, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the sauce (carefully, as the liquid may splatter) and remaining butter. Cook, stirring frequently and scraping up any fond, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined and the butter has melted. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the cooked fish over the finished pasta. Top the fish with the finished sauce. Enjoy!

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