Frozen fish is perfect to keep for a quick meal. Pair swai fish with orzo in a coconut cream sauce for an easy weeknight dinner.

Swai Fish with Orzo

Frozen fish is perfect to keep for a quick meal. Pair swai fish with orzo in a coconut cream sauce for an easy weeknight dinner.

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One of the best parts of being a food photographer for others is trying new food I wouldn’t have normally bought or prepared. Recently, one such food was swai fish. I’ve always cooked with tilapia or salmon.

Swai fish is pretty similar to tilapia. They are both freshwater fish and fairly mild. Swai fish is a little thicker than tilapia, so it takes a little longer to cook. This swai fish was delicious when cooked in oil and a few seasonings.

In addition to the swai fish, we made it with orzo pasta. The coconut cream in the orzo gives it a slightly sweeter flavor but also keeps it dairy free. Coconut cream is a great substitute for heavy cream.

Swai Fish with Orzo Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 2 fillets swai fish
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 14.5 oz chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream
  • 1/2 lb orzo pasta

Preparation

Add the swai fish and oil to a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.

Sprinkle with the onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper.

Cook for 5 minutes per side.

Pour in the chicken broth and the coconut cream.

Bring to a boil, then add the orzo pasta.

Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes, until the pasta is soft and most of the liquid is absorbed.

Serve immediately.

Swai Fish with Orzo Leftovers

Storage: Store leftover swai fish with orzo in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last for 1-2 days.

Reheating: Reheat everything in a skillet over medium heat. If it’s too dry, you can add a little bit of coconut cream, chicken broth, or water.

Freezing: In my experience, neither cooked fish nor orzo pasta do well in the freezer.

Recipe

Originally Published On: January 23, 2023

Fried swai fish on a bed of cooked orzo pasta in a skillet with a glass of water, towel, and serving dishes on a grey surface

Swai Fish with Orzo

Frozen fish is perfect to keep for a quick meal. Pair swai fish with orzo in a coconut cream sauce for an easy weeknight dinner.
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course:
Main Dish
Cuisine:
American
Keyword:
dairy free
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fish
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orzo
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pasta
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swai fish
Dietary Needs:
Dairy-Free
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Egg-Free
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Nut-Free
Cooking Method:
One-Pan Meals
Servings: 2
5 from 11 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 fillets swai fish
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 14.5 oz chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream
  • 1/2 lb orzo pasta

Recommended Equipment

Instructions

  • Add the swai fish and oil to a large nonstick skillet over medium heat
  • Sprinkle with the onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper
  • Cook for 5 minutes per side
  • Pour in the chicken broth and the coconut cream
  • Bring to a boil, then add the orzo pasta
  • Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes, until the pasta is soft and most of the liquid is absorbed
  • Serve immediately
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Nutrition Facts
Swai Fish with Orzo
Amount Per Serving (1 each)
Calories 684 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 776mg32%
Potassium 486mg14%
Carbohydrates 94g31%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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18 thoughts on “Swai Fish with Orzo”

  1. I have not heard of Swai fish before but glad to know that it is similar to tilapia because that is mainly what we cook with as well. The coconut cream flavor sounds delicious and I love that this recipe only takes 30 minutes and not to mention super easy!

  2. 5 stars
    Very great recipe and instructions for Swai Fish With Orzo. I love a good fish and this looks amazing! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve never liked seafood, but the other members of my household will eat it on occasion. I don’t know much about swai fish, but I would bet my teenagers would like it.

  4. 5 stars
    This sounds like such a lovely dish. I think the coconut cream adds so much and makes it a really tasty and a great comfort food. I would love to try to make it myself.

  5. I’ve never tasted a Swai Fish before but this looks so yummy and I can’t wait to try it out! 🙂 Thank you for sharing this recipe; I guess I’ll be having my first Swai fish dinner this weekend 🙂

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