I consider myself a vegetarian although I like fish occasionally, specifically tilapia and salmon, and especially when my significant other is cooking! He’s a wonderful cook and he’s sensitive to my vegetarian palate. I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes that he’s prepared for us. It’s a real catch, just like he is.
This meal makes me feel special and fancy, yet it’s deliciously simple. My partner may differ the “simple” part on account of being the one cookin’ it up. The tilapia is splendidly complimented by the lemon-buttered sauce, though, I’m pretty sure said creamy sauce has a high fat content, but don’t care. Once you try it, you’ll understand why! And, the capers! They add a delightful pickle-salty punch! Yeap folks, it’s a love affair in your mouth that ends way too quickly! The orzo is clearly the best grain for this meal. I couldn’t imagine any other type of rice with this dish that would be a hook line, and sinker like the orzo! Oh, and don’t forget a green side now! We always enjoy asparagus as our choice side fixin’! I prefer grilling asparagus, but since we’re presently without grill, we normally toss it on the stove top with a little olive oil and garlic salt. Oven baked asparagus is just as good.
Typically we add bread as a side choice too. I usually grab a baguette from our nearby grocer, slice it in equal portions, slap some butter and garlic salt on that bad boy, pop it in the toaster oven (wrapped in aluminum foil) for about 15-20 mins, and take it out as soon as the main dish is being paraded to the supper table. There’s a little debate in our household as my spouse prefers butter and just garlic on our bread, whereas I like blending butter and garlic salt. Prepare as you wish, either way, I don’t think you can go wrong!
Since I’m fairly new to feasting on fish, I can say that fresh catch is the way to go. Think I’d be hesitant to purchase fish from the frozen food isle to use for this particular meal. Most folks that enjoy cooking probably realize that this is a no-brainer, but wanted to share this anyway for fellow newbies. Also, for the orzo, we love the RiceSelect brand, in case you’ve never purchased orzo before.
Open a bottle of wine (merlot is my favorite and pairs nicely with this meal), pour a glass for yourself and your significant other, say cheers, kiss, and have a splash in the kitchen preparing this dish together. Or, just watch your partner cook while you’re sipping wine, and prepping the table!