Piccata-Style Tilapia with Orzo, Zucchini & Tomatoes

Piccata-Style Tilapia

with Orzo, Zucchini & Tomatoes

25 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

We’re giving flaky tilapia fillets a rich lift by cooking them in the pan with a silky butter sauce that highlights fresh lemon juice and briny capers—an easy take on classic Italian piccata. It’s a bright finish to a bed of tender orzo pasta tossed with sweet tomatoes and verdant zucchini.

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  • Calories
    600 Cals (est.)
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Piccata-Style Tilapia with Orzo, Zucchini & Tomatoes
Title
  • 4 oz Orzo Pasta
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 4 oz Grape Tomatoes
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 2 Tbsps Butter
  • 2 Tbsps Fromage Blanc
  • 1 Tbsp Capers
  • 2 Tilapia Fillets
  • 1 Tbsp Weeknight Hero Spice Blend (Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Smoked Paprika & Whole Dried Parsley)
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tips & techniques
Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

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. Quarter the zucchini lengthwise; cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Halve the tomatoes. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Quarter and deseed the lemon.

Cook the pasta:
2 Cook the pasta:

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, uncovered, 7 to 9 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

Cook the vegetables:
3 Cook the vegetables:

Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the zucchini pieces in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the halved tomatoes and chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the vegetables are slightly softened. Turn off the heat. Transfer to the pot of cooked pasta and stir to combine. Cover to keep warm. Wipe out the pan. 

Start the fish:
4 Start the fish:

Pat the fish dry with paper towels; season on both sides with salt, pepper, and enough of the spice blend to coat (you may have extra). In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned fish and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned. Flip and cook 2 minutes.

Make the pan sauce & finish the fish:
5 Make the pan sauce & finish the fish:

To the pan, add the butter, capers, and the juice of 2 lemon wedges (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, constantly spooning the sauce over the fish, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the fish is coated and cooked through.* Turn off the heat.

* An instant-read thermometer should register 145°F.

Finish the pasta & serve your dish:
6 Finish the pasta & serve your dish:

To the pot of cooked pasta and vegetables, add the fromage blanc and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges; stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta topped with the finished fish and pan sauce. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

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. Quarter the zucchini lengthwise; cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Halve the tomatoes. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Quarter and deseed the lemon.

2 Cook the pasta:

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, uncovered, 7 to 9 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

Cook the pasta:
Cook the vegetables:
3 Cook the vegetables:

Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the zucchini pieces in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the halved tomatoes and chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the vegetables are slightly softened. Turn off the heat. Transfer to the pot of cooked pasta and stir to combine. Cover to keep warm. Wipe out the pan. 

4 Start the fish:

Pat the fish dry with paper towels; season on both sides with salt, pepper, and enough of the spice blend to coat (you may have extra). In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned fish and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned. Flip and cook 2 minutes.

Start the fish:
Make the pan sauce & finish the fish:
5 Make the pan sauce & finish the fish:

To the pan, add the butter, capers, and the juice of 2 lemon wedges (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, constantly spooning the sauce over the fish, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the fish is coated and cooked through.* Turn off the heat.

* An instant-read thermometer should register 145°F.

6 Finish the pasta & serve your dish:

To the pot of cooked pasta and vegetables, add the fromage blanc and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges; stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta topped with the finished fish and pan sauce. Enjoy!

Finish the pasta & serve your dish:
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