Skillet Orzo with Orange Roughy and Herbs

Orzo makes a tasty simple base for fish when cooked paella-style on the stove ~ this outstanding dish is the proof!

Orzo is the Italian word for barley. It’s a form of short-cut pasta, shaped like a large grain of rice.  It can be substituted for rice in many recipes, and nutritionally speaking, ounce for ounce, rice and orzo contain nearly the same calories, carbohydrates and sodium.  

Any flaky white fish, such as cod, can be used in this Southern Living recipe.  Salmon could be substituted also.

Stir in broth and orzo; simmer

This makes for a light meal that we really like.  And, I plan on making it many times in the future.

it’s truly sort of mellow and delicious!

Skillet Orzo with Fish and Herbs


2 tablespoons butter

¾ cup sliced green onions (about 5 onions) divided

4 teaspoons garlic cloves, minced, divided

4 cups vegetable broth

2 cups orzo pasta

½ cup drained sun-dried tomatoes in oil, chopped

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1½ cups loosely packed fresh parsley, chopped and divided

1½ pounds orange roughy, sliced into serving-size pieces

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1 tablespoon olive oil


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt butter in a 12-inch ovenproof skillet over medium heat.

Add ½ cup sliced green onions and 1 teaspoon garlic, sauté 4 minutes.

Stir in broth, next 4 ingredients and ½ cup parsley.

Bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered and stirring occasionally, 15 minutes or until orzo is just tender and some liquid remains in the skillet.

Remove from heat.

Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper.

Place fish in a single layer on hot orzo mixture, and cover skillet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 25 minutes (depending on thickness of fish) or until it flakes easily with a fork. 

Stir together lemon zest and remaining green onions, garlic and parsley.

Spoon over cooked fish, drizzle with olive oil.




  1. Love this recipe, and look forward to trying it! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I would happily serve myself~
    looks so good Pam.

  3. Pam, This is a great looking and sounding fish entree. Love orange roughy too! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  4. Pam
    This a great fish recipe that is colorful, full of flavor, and healthy, too. Where do you buy your Orange Roughy?

  5. Oh PAM!! I have become enamored with orzo and this dish looks perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  6. How pretty. I'm crazy about orzo and use it all of the time.

  7. This looks really delicious Pam and since I'm a much bigger fan of pasta than rice, I usually use orzo for rice.

  8. Thanks, everyone!

    Becky, Jewel has great orange roughy here so I imagine they'd have it by you also. Do you believe this weather!!!

  9. This looks really good Pam, thanks ~

  10. Hi Pam , love orzo and love all the ingredients , must make this soon . Pinning ;- D thanks for sharing :)

  11. Looks delish.

    Have a frightful weekend and an oogie boogie night.

    It's Halloween month, so I'm a tad excited.

  12. Dear Pam, I do love orzo. It is a nice change of pace from rice; though I love rice too.
    This is a very nice and healthy and tasty dish. Looks great.
    Have a beautiful weekend. Blessings dear, Catherine

  13. Orzo is one of the few things I purchased at Eataly. I'm sitting here reading your delicious recipe wrapped in my winter robe. Snowflakes for you this weekend?


  14. Yummmmmmmy!!! Although I have never tried Orzo before, this looks and sounds fanstastic!!!! Have a great sunday Pam.
    Thanks for sharing, I will definitely give this one a try.

  15. I love light meals ... especially pre and post holidays.

    Happy October, Pam.


  16. I haven't tried orzo. But your dish looks so good!

  17. This sounds great, an ideal weeknight meal.

  18. What a scrumptious dish, Pam, and I love that it can be prepared in one pan. This will make a lovely Sunday dinner and I happen to have all the ingredients.

  19. The recipe looks wonderful, Pam. I love the way the orzo is prepared with the sun-dried tomatoes, broth and herbs!

  20. Damn delicious "paella" with orzo pasta!!
    definitely gonna try this recipe

  21. This looks amazing, and so healthy,too.

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