Quinoa Crusted Tilapia


 (Ali Rosen)

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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.


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoon thyme (preferably fresh)
  • 16 ounce tialpia fillets
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • black pepper
  • juice of 1 lemon


Step 1

  • Preheat your oven by putting it on broil.

Step 2

  • Bring the quinoa, chicken stock, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 2 teaspoons of thyme to a boil.

Step 3

  • Reduce heat and let simmer for approximately 15 minutes or until the quinoa has absorbed all the water.

Step 4

  • Place your tilapia on a sheet tray covered in aluminum foil.

Step 5

  • Brush the tilapia on both sides with olive oil, the remaining salt and thyme, pepper, and lemon juice.

Step 6

  • Take a spoon and spread out a layer of the quinoa on top of the tilapia until there is a thin even layer.

Step 7

  • 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.

Step 8

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


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