Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Fonda Shaia
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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 2

Preheat broiler.

Step 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.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Easy and looks beautiful on the plate

July 29, 2017
I used tilapia when I couldn't get red snapper, but it was a colorful, tasty dish. The pesto livens up the appearance of the white fish and adds a bit of depth with the tomatoes. I used whole wheat orzo to add just a bit of flavor.


December 22, 2017
Maybe I shouldn't review this because I used some store bought pesto that needed to be used up.  I also grilled the tilapia and used angel hair pasta in place of the orzo.  It is difficult to get my family to be enthusiastic about fish, but this dish got thumbs up.

jmeleeS's Review

October 25, 2011
I just made this dish last night as a quick weeknight meal, and we LOVED it! We used a different (in season) whitefish and I pan seared it in lieu of broil due to thickness (it was a thinner cut of fish), but otherwise made the pesto as prescribed - extremely yummy! We also skipped the orzo to go with garlic bread instead, which I think was a great idea in hindsight since the extra pesto on top of the bread made this a wonderful meal. Serve with steamed green beans - it's ready in ~20 minutes total from start to finish. This is a keeper; enjoy!

kabrobinson's Review

April 17, 2011
The only change I made was to use quartered grape tomatoes, and saute them for a few minutes until they start to break down before mixing in with the pesto. This made a really nice sauce. I also used bulgur wheat instead of orzo.

Skippytracer's Review

August 20, 2011
Really loved the pesto! Would definitely make again.