Crunchy Lemon-Parsley Tilapia

tender tilapia, lemon-infused panko topping, asparagus and tomato orzo

1767 Recipe

Serves: 2 Servings | Time to Table: 25 Minutes | Calories: 557 | Category: Low-Carb, Pescatarian | Allergens: Contains Fish (Tilapia), Milk (Butter), Soy (Panko) + Wheat (Orzo and Panko). Processed in a facility that contains Shellfish, Milk, Eggs, Soy and Wheat. | Excellent Source of: Fiber, Iron, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C |


  • - Chef's Knife
  • - Colander
  • - Large Nonstick Skillet
  • - Measuring Spoons
  • - Medium Saucepan
  • - Rimmed Baking Sheet
  • - Zester

What You Need:

  • - Aluminum Foil
  • - Course Ground Pepper
  • - Kosher Salt or Flake Sea Salt
  • - Olive Oil
  • - Vegetable Cooking Spray

What We Send:

  • - Asparagus
  • - Butter Pads
  • - Lemon
  • - Minced Garlic
  • - Mixed Cherry Tomatoes
  • - Orzo
  • - Panko Breadcrumbs
  • - Parsley
  • - Tilapia

Wine Pairings by @grapefriend

A bright, fresh Verdicchio will be delicious with the simple white fish.

Beer Pairings

The orange, citrus, and coriander aromas of a Belgian Witbier complement light, citrus flavors and the sweet, mild tilapia flavor.

TK Table Talk:

Water sprinkler or Slip and Slide?

What To Do:

1. Preheat broiler: Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray.

Crunchy Lemon-Parsley Tilapia- Step 2

2. Cook Orzo: In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add water and 2 teaspoons salt. Bring to a boil. Stir in orzo and boil, stirring occasionally, until al dente (about 6 minutes). Drain.

Crunchy Lemon-Parsley Tilapia- Step 3

3. Make Breadcrumb Topping: Cut lemon in half. Grate zest and squeeze the juice. Chop the parsley. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil and butter pats in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add half of garlic and panko. Cook 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in half of lemon zest and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Remove breadcrumbs from skillet and set aside.

Crunchy Lemon-Parsley Tilapia- Step 4

4. Cook Fish: Place tilapia on prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons olive oil, half of lemon juice, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Broil 5 to 6 minutes or until done.

Crunchy Lemon-Parsley Tilapia- Step 5

5. Finish Orzo: Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet (the same one used for the breadcrumb topping). Add tomatoes. Cook 3 minutes. Stir in asparagus, remaining half of garlic, and ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook 3 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender. Stir in orzo, remaining lemon zest and juice and toss well to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To Serve: Divide fish and orzo between two serving plates. Top fish evenly with breadcrumb mixture.

Pro Tip:

Be sure to remove the breadcrumbs from the skillet after they have toasted so they don’t get too brown from the hot skillet.

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