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Broiled Red Snapper with Sicilian Tomato Pesto

Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Fonda Shaia
Yield 6 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup orzo, 1 fillet and 1/4 cup pesto)
Plum tomatoes work best in this recipe; juicier tomatoes would thin the pesto. No need to seed or peel them. You can make the pesto ahead and keep it chilled. Stir in the tomatoes just before serving.

Ingredients

  • Pesto:
  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped plum tomato (about 3 medium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Fish:
  • 6 (6-ounce) red snapper or other firm whitefish fillets
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray
  • Remaining ingredient:
  • 3 cups hot cooked orzo

Nutrition Information

  • calories 437
  • caloriesfromfat 22 %
  • fat 10.8 g
  • satfat 2.4 g
  • monofat 4.8 g
  • polyfat 2 g
  • protein 44.9 g
  • carbohydrate 38.9 g
  • fiber 3.1 g
  • cholesterol 67 mg
  • iron 2.9 mg
  • sodium 497 mg
  • calcium 156 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare pesto, combine first 4 ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth. Add cheese and red pepper; process until blended. Transfer mixture to a bowl. Add tomato, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and black pepper, stirring gently to combine.

  2. Preheat broiler.

  3. To prepare fish, sprinkle fish with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Arrange fish on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray, and broil 8 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Place 1/2 cup orzo on each of 6 plates, and top each serving with 1 fillet and 1/4 cup pesto.

Cook's Notes

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