Pan-fried fish with orzo, prawns & coriander

Orzo makes a delicious and simple base for pan-fried fish – and the other ingredients in this recipe add the perfect combination of sweet, salty, herby & zesty. I haven’t specified which fish you should use as the choice is yours. I am currently in love with bream so that is what I would choose!



 Serves 2

  • 200g fillet(s) fish of your choice (2 equally sized pieces)
  • 120g orzo
  • 20g butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled & finely sliced
  • 100g small cooked & peeled prawns
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 heaped teaspoon capers, roughly chopped
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • a small bunch of coriander, chopped
  • sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • – Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and cook the orzo for around 7 minutes
  • – Put the butter and 1 tbsp olive oil in a skillet over a low heat
  • – Add the garlic to the melted butter and olive oil and cook gently for 2 minutes
  • – Add the tomato, capers and prawns and cook for a further 2 minutes
  • – Season to taste
  • – Drain the orzo and return it to the saucepan
  • – Pour the tomato and prawn mixture over the orzo, stir and keep warm
  • – Put 1 tbsp olive oil in the skillet and place over a medium low heat
  • – Take the fish fillets, season on both sides and place into the skillet and cook until the centre of the thickest part is just turning from translucent to opaque and the outside is beginning to turn golden
  • – Stir the chopped coriander into the orzo
  • – Divide the orzo between 2 plates and top with the pan-fried fish
  • – Sprinkle with a little more coriander and place a lime quarter on top

If you don’t love coriander, try using lemon juice & basil instead of lime & coriander.

When serving a dish with a piece of lime (or lemon) cut the lime into quarters then trim off the central strip of each wedge (as per the photo above) – this will not only remove any pips and the central pithy bit (making it much easier and less messy to juice) but it also looks much nicer on the plate!


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