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Pan-Poached Tilapia with Lemon Caper Sauce is a 25-minute foolproof recipe for any weeknight dinner. It's gluten free and sugar free too! | theeverykitchen.com

Pan-Poached Tilapia with Lemon Caper Sauce

Pan-Poached Tilapia with Lemon Caper Sauce is a 25-minute foolproof recipe for any weeknight dinner. It's gluten free and sugar free too!

Course Main
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 425 kcal
Author Danielle Cushing

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups water divided
  • 1/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 6-ounce tilapia fillets
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon capers rinsed and drained

Instructions

  1. In a small sauce pan, combine 1/2 cup water, quinoa, and garlic. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Take off the heat and add olive oil, basil, and salt, to taste.
  2. Meanwhile, rub each side of the tilapia filets with chili powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Place a medium-size nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and bring 1 1/4 cups water to a boil. Add tilapia and tomatoes, cover and cook 3 minutes. Add arugula, recover, and cook until tilapia flakes easily with a fork, about 2 minutes.
  3. When ready, divide quinoa between two plates. Then, reserving the liquid in the skillet, remove the tilapia and vegetables and divide between the plates. Whisk butter, lemon juice, and capers into the reserved liquid until butter has melted. Season with salt and pepper, if desired and drizzle over tilapia.
  4. Remove skillet from heat and add butter, lemon juice, and capers. Whisk until butter has melted. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, then drizzle over tilapia to serve.