Tilapia with Tomatoes and Orzo


Tilapia with Tomatoes and Orzo #recipe

Summer is pretty much here.  Schools are getting out for summer, the temperatures are rising, and my garden is taking off.  With summer I often crave lighter meals.  It is just so hot, I don’t want something heavy to weigh me down.  Not to mention trying to fit into a bathing suit.  Lets just not go there :)

Tilapia with Tomatoes and Orzo #recipe

As I have said before I am not a huge fish eater.  I am trying to get better, but it is a slow work in progress.  I bought a big bag of frozen Tilapia fillets, and I am making my way through them trying new recipes as I go.  First, Tortilla Crusted Fish, and now this; Tilapia with Tomatoes and Orzo.  The tomato sauce over this fish is amazing.  My husband said he would be happy just eating this sauce over pasta next time, it was so good.

Tilapia with Tomatoes and Orzo #recipe

For a little color and more flavor I added frozen corn to the mix.  But fresh corn, later in the summer, would be even better!  The really nice thing about cooking Tilapia is how quickly it cooks.  From start to finish this took less than 25 minutes.  It will depend on how thick your fillets are, but on average they are pretty thin.  Any other mild white fish would work well here too, so use what you have.

Yields 4

Sweet tomatoes make a fresh sauce over mild white fish

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 1 (26 oz) box Pomi diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 Tilapia fillets
  • 2 cups orzo, cooked


  1. In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic, saute for a few seconds. Stir in tomatoes, corn, pepper, salt, and Italian seasoning. Cook for 5-8 minutes until bubbly.
  2. Place Tilapia fillets on top of the tomato mixture. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes until fish is white and flaky.
  3. Serve over orzo.

 *I was sent free Pomi tomatoes to create this recipe.  I was not compensated in any other way.




  1. I freakin’ love orzo!

  2. We have a huge pack of frozen Tilapia in the freezer too. What a great way to enjoy it, Erin!

  3. YUMMM!! I love orzo and tomatoes and tilapia!

  4. I love tilapia, great idea to serve it with orzo!

  5. Great combination of tilapia, tomatoes and orzo!

  6. True story – I’ve never tried tilapia before! I think I’m missing out. And I’m all for dishes that don’t heat up my kitchen in the summer, no AC is no bueno.

  7. Ooo, this looks so delicious and healthy, and I love how EASY it is!

  8. I’m always looking for yummy, light fish recipes, thanks!

  9. I’m the same way! Summer = light fare and this meal looks perfect for that!

  10. This is one gorgeous looking piece of fish!!! I am all over the lighter healthier meals for Summer-thanks for sharing this one 😉

  11. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    Lighter in the summer is wonderful-especially when it involves great fish recipes like this one:)

  12. I love tilapia (and the fact that you’re slowly starting to like fish!). :) This dish looks scrumptious!

  13. Love orzo and this looks like a fast and delicious way to eat tilapia and orzo, great recipe Erin.

  14. Great Tilapia Recipes. Very easy to prepare and taste heavenly. I love how colorful and festive it looks on my table. I will definitely be trying some of your other Tilapia Recipes soon. Thanks.

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