Lemon-Caper Tilapia with Orzo, Zucchini & Tomatoes

Lemon-Caper Tilapia

with Orzo, Zucchini & Tomatoes

25 MIN
2 Servings
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    We’re giving flaky tilapia fillets a rich lift by cooking them in the pan with a silky butter sauce that highlights fresh meyer 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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      610 Cals (est.)
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    Lemon-Caper Tilapia with Orzo, Zucchini & Tomatoes
    Title
    • 2 Tilapia Fillets
    • 4 oz Orzo Pasta
    • 1 Zucchini
    • 4 oz Grape Tomatoes
    • 2 cloves Garlic
    • 1 oz Butter
    • 2 Tbsps Fromage Blanc
    • 1 Tbsp Capers
    • 1 Tbsp Weeknight Hero Spice Blend (Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Smoked Paprika & Whole Dried Parsley)
    • 1 Lemon
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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 tilapia
    4 Start the tilapia

    Pat the tilapia 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 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned tilapia. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned. Flip and cook 2 minutes.

    Make the pan sauce & finish the tilapia
    5 Make the pan sauce & finish the tilapia

    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 tilapia, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the tilapia 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 tilapia 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 tilapia

    Pat the tilapia 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 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned tilapia. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned. Flip and cook 2 minutes.

    Start the tilapia
    Make the pan sauce & finish the tilapia
    5 Make the pan sauce & finish the tilapia

    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 tilapia, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the tilapia 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 tilapia and pan sauce. Enjoy!

    Finish the pasta & serve your dish
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