Quinoa Crusted Tilapia

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Quinoa Crusted Tilapia
Quinoa Crusted Tilapia
Ali Rosen

Tilapia and quinoa pack a dual punch: they're healthy and quick to cook. This recipe gives texture to the mild and flaky tilapia by broiling a layer of quinoa on top of the fish, creating a dish that is simple to make but has a great presentation.

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Ready in
35 m
Deliver Ingredients
2 servings of tilapia


The quinoa can be made up to a day in advance and then reheated.


  • 1 Cup quinoa
  • 2 Cups chicken stock
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 4 Teaspoons thyme (preferably fresh)
  • 16 Ounces tialpia fillets
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon


Preheat your oven by putting it on broil. Bring the quinoa, chicken stock, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 2 teaspoons of thyme to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for approximately 15 minutes or until the quinoa has absorbed all the water.

Place your tilapia on a sheet tray covered in aluminum foil. Brush the tilapia on both sides with olive oil, the remaining salt and thyme, pepper, and lemon juice. Take a spoon and spread out a layer of the quinoa on top of the tilapia until there is a thin even layer.

Put the tilapia under the broiler, on the highest rack. Cook for 7-10 minutes until the tilapia is cooked through and the quinoa has begun to brown slightly.

Let the fish cool and then serve alongside the additional quinoa.

Quinoa Shopping Tip

Stock up on quinoa and have it available for the days you are tired of rice or pasta. It's a great substitute for rice, beans, cereal, bulgar, or couscous.

Quinoa Cooking Tip

The general rule is to add one part quinoa to two parts liquid in a saucepan. One cup of quinoa will take about 15 minutes.