Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet, 3/4 cup pasta mixture, and about 1 tablespoon sauce)

This piccata recipe calls for tilapia, but you can also substitute most any flaky white fish, or use veal or chicken cutlets. For more quick and easy fish dinners, see our complete collection of fish recipes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain; stir in tomatoes, 1/4 teaspoon salt, parsley, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Set aside and keep warm.

Step 2

Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and flour in a large shallow dish. Dredge fish in flour mixture. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish to pan; cook 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Remove fish from pan; keep warm.

Step 3

Add wine, juice, and capers to pan; cook 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to pan; stir until butter melts. Serve fish with sauce and pasta.

Ratings & Reviews

September 04, 2015
I agree with the affordable part absolutely; considering I already had the tilapia in my freezer this meal is about 5 dollars and some change per head. Incredibly satisfying, especially for the money

Substituted chicken broth for wine

September 04, 2015
Because I live independently and am not old enough to buy alcohol ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I thought it was great. I did both chicken and fish, so far I have tasted the fish and it was fantastic. The chicken looks even more appetizing so I have high hopes. I also for some reason really don't like raw tomatoes and my mouth can tell when something has just been warmed as opposed to cooked, so I lightly sauteed the tomatoes in a small skillet with margarine and again, loved it. By the way, I honestly never knew parsley was so tasty! I always thought it was just a garnish; My curiosity definitely paid off on that one. And now I have 3 delicious, guilt-free meals for the next few days. This is definitely a repeater

Added tomatoes to the 'sauce

April 27, 2015
Tasty and easy. I added chopped fresh tomatoes to the 'sauce' (had to use them up) and it was even better this way.

lillysmith's Review

May 04, 2014

Lalaland0522's Review

February 18, 2014
This was amazing. I'm now a convert to fish. The only changes I made were swapping lemon juice for the wine since I didn't have any in the house and doubling the capers. I'll make it the same way next time. Loved the extra lemony zing.

nbalter1's Review

January 27, 2014
My husband and I both thought this was delicious. I love the lemony caper sauce. This recipe is relatively easy but not super fast; between the orzo, fish dredging and making the sauce, it all took a good 45 minutes to prepare.

steponme's Review

January 18, 2014
Ditto on Roosevelt56's review; Simple and delish! Served with sautéed mix of squash, mushrooms and onion.

gchang55's Review

November 20, 2013
so freaking good. used brummel and brown instead of butter for the sauce. fried tilapia in pam. added some hot sauce at the end - amazing

Mandypope's Review

October 08, 2013

Roosevelt56's Review

October 01, 2013
simple & delicious