Swordfish with Orzo, Pistachios and Olives


A perfect weekday dinner, this dish takes just under 30 minutes to prepare.

Swordfish with Orzo, Pistachios and Olives
Photo: © Tina Rupp
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 3/4 cup orzo

  • 1/2 cup pitted mixed olives (2 ounces), coarsely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • Four 5-ounce skinless swordfish steaks, cut 1 inch thick

  • 1/2 cup roasted, shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped


  1. In a saucepan of boiling water, cook the orzo until al dente; drain. Return to the saucepan. Stir in the olives, lemon juice, butter and 2 tablespoons of the oil; season with salt and pepper.

  2. Meanwhile, light a grill or heat a grill pan until very hot. Brush the fish with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat, turning once, until browned and just cooked through, about 7 minutes. Stir the pistachios into the orzo and serve with the swordfish.

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