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

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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).

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  • 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 (26)

131 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 38
  • 4 star values: 41
  • 3 star values: 30
  • 2 star values: 15
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2019
We substituted mixed chopped green and kalamata olives for capers and it turned out great.
Rating: 4 stars
08/24/2016
Excellent. One of the best and tastiest fish recipes I have encountered in a long time. One slight adaptation: instead of 1/4 cup water I add half water and half dry white wine. Makes it even better. Has become a regular for us.
Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2016
Highly recommend! My teen and I loved this recipe. The cooked arugula was great, loses its peppery flavor I think. Instead of water, I used canned chicken broth and lawrys garlic parsley salt instead of regular salt. I also added some extra chicken broth at the end to make more of a sauce.
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Rating: Unrated
03/19/2016
This is lovely and it is less than 10 minutes to make it. I did not have arugula or cherry tomato so I used spinach and I sliced regular tomato instead. I also added fresh basil. I will be making this on a regular basis now with any mild white fish like tilapia.
Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2016
My husband and I made this exactly per the recipe and it was AMAZING! Going in the regular rotation!!!
Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2015
Absolutely excellent. Tastes like it came from a 4-star restaurant.
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2014
This is my go-to dinner recipe for one. It is healthy, fast, and most important-- flavorful!
Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2014
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.
Rating: Unrated
02/16/2014
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!
Rating: Unrated
01/30/2013
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.
Rating: Unrated
06/27/2012
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.
Rating: Unrated
06/25/2012
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.
Rating: Unrated
06/25/2012
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.
Rating: Unrated
06/25/2012
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.
Rating: Unrated
06/25/2012
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.
Rating: Unrated
06/25/2012
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.
Rating: Unrated
06/25/2012
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.
Rating: Unrated
03/14/2011
Mmmmmm, the capers and lemon juice pack a real flavor punch to normally bland tilapia. This is super easy, very refreshing, and delicious.
Rating: Unrated
08/25/2010
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.
Rating: Unrated
08/25/2010
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.
Rating: Unrated
06/22/2010
I loved this recipe. I used arugula, and it's pepperiness was perfect with the red pepper flakes!
Rating: Unrated
05/19/2010
Super fast and delicious!!!!
Rating: Unrated
04/12/2010
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.
Rating: Unrated
03/24/2010
I used spinach instead of arugula. Everyone loved it!
Rating: Unrated
08/18/2009
Simple. Ok. Add other seasonings on the fish for more flavor.
Rating: Unrated
01/12/2009
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.