Tilapia Piccata-Style over Parsley and Tomato Orzo


Tilapia Piccata is a spin on the traditional 
Italian dish of 
veal or chicken piccata.


The history of the "piccata" dish is a bit confusing, but many believe it to be of American design, most likely by Italian-American immigrants during the 1930's.  Piccatas today are generally made with veal, but here in the U.S., chicken prevails. 


Irrespective of its origin, piccata flavors go perfectly with tilapia...



Tilapia piccata is a quick-and-easy dish that gets its distinctive flavor from capers, white wine and lemon juice, and butter.  The piquant sauce is drizzled over the sautéed tilapia at the last minute and served immediately, that is unless you hold it up by taking time for photos first, which Bill patiently waited for.

The tilapia, served on a bed of smooth and creamy orzo tossed with halved grape tomatoes and parsley, just gets better.  Orzo is a slender pasta that resembles large grains of rice.  It is definitely Italian and the word means “barley.”


When this dish appears on our dinner table we’re pleased it does, it’s an adult comfort food with an excellent combination of flavors.

I hope you give it a try!

Tilapia Piccata over Parsley and Tomato Orzo 
Printable recipe 

Ingredients:
8 ounces (1-1/2 cups) uncooked orzo
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon seasoned pepper, divided
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons flour
4 (6-ounces) tilapia fillets
3 tablespoons butter, divided
1/3 cup white wine
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoons capers, drained

Method:
1.  Cook orzo according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.  Drain, stir in tomatoes, 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper, and parsley.  Set aside, keep warm.
2.  Combine remaining salt and pepper, and flour on a large plate.  Dredge fish in flour mixture.
3.  Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add fish to pan, cook about 4-5 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.  Remove fish from pan and keep warm.
4.  Add wine, juice and capers to pan, cook 30 seconds.  Remove from heat.   Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to pan, stir until butter melts.
5.  Serve fish with sauce and orzo.

Enjoy!




29 comments:

  1. I love piccata, chicken or fish! Yours looks so delicious with orzo.

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    1. Thanks, Angie! It always good to see you here!

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  2. Great looking dish Pam and fish (usually Crappie) in lemon-butter-caper sauce is probably our favorite fish dish. Next time I'll add some wine and serve it over your orzo dish.

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    1. Thanks, Larry! It was delicious! I like Crappie too! The orzo would be great with that!

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  3. In French tradition, fish (usually trout) with lemon, butter, and capers is called "Trout Grenobloise." The city of Grenoble is in the Alps where trout are often on the menu, so I guess that's why. But it's a very classic combination of flavors -- I love chicken piccata.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Mae! I learned something new today! I like veal piccata and chicken piccata also! Capers add a unique flavor to dishes!

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  4. Pam, Another great meal...! We'd hit it with a little more spice but otherwise, this is a great addition to our dinner possibilities. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. I'd go for yours with more spice, Dave! This is a versatile dish which makes it fun to experiment! Thanks and have a fun week!

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  5. absolutely delicious recipe Pam, like always !! xo

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  6. Love Italian food, my favourite☺

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  7. That is a picture perfect meal...love it.

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    1. Thanks, Karen! Glad you like it!

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  8. I don't know piccata, but it sounds like flavours I would enjoy.

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  9. Oh, those italian dishes! Even the names are music to our ears: piccata, orzo, ravioli, foccacia....
    And as seen in your recipe, the cooking is light and richly flavored. Your pictures do it perfect justice.

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    1. Thanks, Duta! Yes, the names are like music for sure! Hope you're having a good weekend!

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  10. Wow, looks so delicious! A beautiful, perfect meal!

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  11. I love anything piccata-style! I usually do chicken, but fish works really well too. Your dish looks beautiful! Great recipe, super presentation -- thanks!

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    1. Me too, John! Yes, chicken is probably my fave but this was good also. Thanks so much! Take care

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  12. I think I have almost everything at home to make this, even the orzo. I love capers! It does go well with fish indeed!

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    1. I love capers too, a great unique taste! And good for fish! thanks!

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  13. Dear Pam, Great dish for the Lenten season. Have a beautiful day my friend. xoxo Catherine

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    1. Yes, thanks, Catherine! You have a beautiful rest of the weekend my friend! xoxo

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  14. Thanks Pam, recipe saved and will be on the menu for tomorrow night :-) Hope all is well Diane

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    1. Hi Diane! Great, hope you like it! All is fine here and I hope for the same your way! Take care

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