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Tilapia with Arugula, Capers, and Tomatoes

Sauteed fish goes mildly Mediterranean, with bright vegetable and a buttery pan sauce.

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  • Servings: 1
Tilapia with Arugula, Capers, and Tomatoes

Source: Everyday Food Fresh Flavor Fast, 2010

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 1 tilapia filet (8 ounces)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 small bunches arugula (about 3 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained

Directions

  1. In a medium nonstick skillet, bring 1/4 cup water to a boil. Add tomatoes and red-pepper flakes; top with tilapia, and season with salt and pepper. Cover, and cook 3 minutes. Add arugula. Cover, and cook until tilapia flakes easily with a fork, about 2 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer tilapia and vegetables to a plate (reserve skillet).

  2. Make sauce: Off heat, add butter, lemon juice, and capers to skillet; swirl until butter has melted. Season sauce with salt and pepper. Serve tilapia over arugula and tomatoes; drizzle with sauce.

Reviews (20)

  • helaura 21 Dec, 2014

    This is my go-to dinner recipe for one. It is healthy, fast, and most important-- flavorful!

  • microserfs 15 Apr, 2014

    I really enjoyed this! The flavours just worked - butter and lemon is always delicious but paired with capers and red pepper flakes, it was unique and really delicious. I will definitely be making this again.

  • MLiz3 16 Feb, 2014

    The video was very helpful. I LOVED Sarah's enthusiasm and how she explained the importance of each step (which I always find useful). I am a beginner cook and this recipe was not just simple but declicious and healthy! Thank you!

  • Astrid R 30 Jan, 2013

    Awesome dish! I used spinach instead of arugula and it came out superb. It's light, healthy, full of flavor and easy to make. You couldn't ask for any better. The sauce holds the key to the flavor. I used a little more lemon juice than butter, but that's just my preference. I highly recommend it.

  • Mfcatron 27 Jun, 2012

    I thought this was extremely delicious and extremely fast and easy! I was feeding 4 people and everyone loved it. Not a big deal to do two batches. I just loaded up the pan twice. I will definitely make this again and again.

  • janiss14 25 Jun, 2012

    This was extremely fast, lite and easy to make. I won't make it again however. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good enough to make again. Also note that this recipe is for a single serving and to adjust accordingly.

  • janiss14 25 Jun, 2012

    This was extremely fast, lite and easy to make. I won't make it again however. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good enough to make again. Also note that this recipe is for a single serving and to adjust accordingly.

  • janiss14 25 Jun, 2012

    This was extremely fast, lite and easy to make. I won't make it again however. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good enough to make again. Also note that this recipe is for a single serving and to adjust accordingly.

  • janiss14 25 Jun, 2012

    This was extremely fast, lite and easy to make. I won't make it again however. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good enough to make again. Also note that this recipe is for a single serving and to adjust accordingly.

  • janiss14 25 Jun, 2012

    This was extremely fast, lite and easy to make. I won't make it again however. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good enough to make again. Also note that this recipe is for a single serving and to adjust accordingly.

  • janiss14 25 Jun, 2012

    This was extremely fast, lite and easy to make. I won't make it again however. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good enough to make again. Also note that this recipe is for a single serving and to adjust accordingly.

  • liz_alchemist 14 Mar, 2011

    Mmmmmm, the capers and lemon juice pack a real flavor punch to normally bland tilapia. This is super easy, very refreshing, and delicious.

  • michellesiri 25 Aug, 2010

    I was really apprehensive about this meal. For some reason I didn't think it would turn out good, but I was wrong. It was REALLY easy, and really quick, and quite good and fresh tasting. We had it with a side of mushroom risotto and really liked it. I will make this again.

  • michellesiri 25 Aug, 2010

    I was really apprehensive about this meal. For some reason I didn't think it would turn out good, but I was wrong. It was REALLY easy, and really quick, and quite good and fresh tasting. We had it with a side of mushroom risotto and really liked it. I will make this again.

  • megnard 22 Jun, 2010

    I loved this recipe. I used arugula, and it's pepperiness was perfect with the red pepper flakes!

  • Japsey 19 May, 2010

    Super fast and delicious!!!!

  • traceyrosato 12 Apr, 2010

    This was really good and easy. I sauteed the tomato with a clove of garlic, then added the water with a little white wine. I used spinach too vs. arugula. Really good and really quick.

  • Irish21086 24 Mar, 2010

    I used spinach instead of arugula. Everyone loved it!

  • cheftb 18 Aug, 2009

    Simple. Ok. Add other seasonings on the fish for more flavor.

  • wearesix 12 Jan, 2009

    I used sole rather than tilapia, and mixed baby greens instead of arugula. It turned out fantastic, and was super simple to make. I would guess the arugula would make it out of this world, but unfortunately, I was out.

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