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.