Skillet Orzo and Feta Fish

Say hello to your new family favorite — Skillet Orzo and Feta Fish!

Skillet Orzo and Feta Fish

This simple Skillet Orzo and Feta Fish is perfect for a weeknight dinner, but impressive enough for entertaining.  After some quick sauteing of shallots, garlic, tomatoes, and a lovely blend of spices, the orzo is par-cooked on the stove and then finished in the oven with your fish! Giving you just enough time to get the kitchen cleaned up, set the table, or even get a simple salad prepared to eat with your dinner. 

Skillet Orzo and Feta Fish

The flavors here are just fantastic. From the acidity of the balsamic and tomatoes. to the tanginess and creaminess the feta provides, this recipe is sure to be a hit. And while my kids have gotten used to a little bit of heat with red pepper flakes, you can easily omit this when cooking and just serve your own plate with red pepper flakes to make this even more family-friendly. 

For more skillet dinner ideas using feta, try these recipes! 

One-Pan Spanakopita-Inspired Skillet

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Skillet Orzo and Feta Fish

Skillet Orzo and Feta Fish
Serves: 4
5 from 10 votes
Total Time40 mins


  • 2 tablespoons plus 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • ½ cup halved and thinly sliced shallot about 1 large shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes 1 pint
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt divided
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper divided
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 ¼ cup orzo
  • 2 ½ cups low sodium chicken broth
  • Zest of ½ a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice about 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh oregano divided
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley more for garnish
  • Four 6-ounce filets of white flakey fish (I use halibut or cod)
  • ½ cup feta divided


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a large oven-safe deep skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic. Sauté until softened, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, red pepper flakes, cumin, paprika, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, and balsamic. Continue to cook, stirring, until the spices are toasted and the balsamic has reduced by half, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the orzo to your skillet and stir until well combined. Add the broth, lemon zest and juice, 1 tablespoon of the oregano, and parsley. Bring to a simmer and cook stirring until the pasta just begins to absorb some of the liquid, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add ¼ cup of feta, stir once more to combine.
  • Nestle the fish into the orzo. Drizzle each fillet with 1 teaspoon olive oil then season the filets with the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Divide the remaining 1 tablespoon of oregano over the fillets.
  • Place onto the middle rack of the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Carefully remove from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup feta. Place back into the oven and bake for another 3 to 5 minutes until fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork and the pasta is tender.
  • Remove from oven and gently fluff the orzo with a fork. Top with additional parsley and serve.


  • Reply
    Lauren Dietrich
    November 14, 2022 at 2:49 pm

    5 stars
    Been dying to make this, but was nervous my boys wouldn’t eat the fish. Followed the recipe, but used Spinach and Feta Chicken Sausage instead. I browned them a little and then cut in half lengthwise and nestled them into the orzo for the oven portion. It was fantastic! Definitely want to try with the fish too when I am not cooking for kiddos!

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    November 7, 2022 at 3:44 pm

    5 stars
    Another hit from Defined Dish!! This meal was a crowd pleaser. The orzo was so flavorful and delicious!

    • Reply
      November 7, 2022 at 9:56 pm

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed this, thanks for commenting!

  • Reply
    October 26, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    5 stars
    Delicious!!! Seasoning is perfect.

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    October 20, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    5 stars
    This recipe is awesome – and it’s even better with a handful of spinach and a teaspoon of fish sauce added at the same time as the broth. Love that the cook time always works out perfectly for the pasta and fish, and the flavor combo is delicious!

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    October 17, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    Looks delicious! Would the cooking time change if we halved the recipe?

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      October 18, 2022 at 1:05 am

      it should be approximately the same cook time, I would just be sure to use a smaller skillet so the orzo doesn’t dry out in too big of a pan!

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    Linda Letlow
    October 13, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious and so easy to prepare. My husband said this was the best fish he has ever had.

  • Reply
    October 11, 2022 at 1:49 pm

    5 stars
    This was so delicious and easy to make! Tasted like fancy restaurant quality. Will definitely go into our dinner rotation!

  • Reply
    October 3, 2022 at 1:56 am

    5 stars
    This was so easy – I had everything available except the fish. It came together easily and WOW, it was delicious!

  • Reply
    September 29, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Can you use chicken breasts or things instead of fish? Cooking time the same?

    • Reply
      October 15, 2022 at 2:12 pm

      If you do chicken breasts– I would brown them in olive oil for 2-3 minutes a side first, then get the orzo going, then nestle the chicken back in, transfer to the oven, and finish cooking there. It should be the same cook time if you brown first and it will have a nice crust!

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    Michelle O'Connor
    September 27, 2022 at 2:20 am

    5 stars
    I made this for my family tonight and it was outstanding!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Anne Murphy
    September 26, 2022 at 4:28 pm

    absolutely delicious. Followed recipe exactly – came out perfect. Will definitely make again.

    • Reply
      September 26, 2022 at 7:27 pm

      So glad you enjoyed this!

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    Keri McLaughlin
    September 25, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    5 stars
    Woooooow!! So good and easy

  • Reply
    September 24, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    5 stars
    So lovely & so easy! This will definitely be a repeat in our house- 10/10 recommend!!

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      September 26, 2022 at 5:41 pm

      Any way to make this Gluten Free?

      • Reply
        September 26, 2022 at 10:29 pm

        There is Gluten Free orzo you can use!

  • Reply
    September 23, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    Would salmon be good here?

    • Reply
      September 23, 2022 at 6:31 pm

      So good!!

  • Reply
    September 22, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    Could this be done in a Dutch oven with the lid off?

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    September 21, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Could you use riced cauliflower in lieu of orzo? I am doing Whole 30 this month.

    • Reply
      September 22, 2022 at 6:05 pm

      Ohh I don’t think Cauliflower rice would work as a good sub here. Even if you eliminated the broth — I think the roast time would only make the cauliflower get watery.

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