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Tilapia and Quinoa with Feta and Cucumber


Protein will keep you full longer, and this recipe has two lean sources of it.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, April 2010


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless tilapia fillets, divided into 8 pieces
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup English cucumber (6 ounces), diced small
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped fresh dill
  • 1/3 cup feta (1 1/2 ounces), crumbled
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


  1. In a small saucepan, bring quinoa, 2 cups water, and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil over high. Reduce to a medium simmer and cook until water evaporates, about 15 minutes. Transfer quinoa to a medium bowl and let cool 5 minutes.

  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil over medium-high. Pat fish dry and season with salt and pepper; sprinkle with paprika. Cook fillets until opaque throughout, about 4 minutes, flipping halfway through. Stir cucumber, dill, feta, 1 teaspoon oil, and lemon juice into quinoa. Season with salt and pepper. Divide quinoa among four plates and top with fish.

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  • MirToni
    9 JUL, 2014
    Loved this recipe! Used only a pinch of salt when cooking the quinoa as suggested by previous reviewers. Turned out delicious! The recipe was quick and easy to make. Loved the freshness of the dill. Will definitely make again!
  • Kelly Jean 416
    7 JUL, 2014
    I loved the tilapia! However, I could barely eat the quinoa because it was WAY too salty. I suggest skipping the salt next time and adding more lemon juice.
  • Stephanie Collins
    1 APR, 2013
    This was delicious! Light, healthy, satisfying, all that stuff. I noticed that the written recipe had slightly different instructions than the video, so I followed the video instructions exactly. Worked great, I wouldn't change a thing!
  • lfroeschl
    26 MAR, 2013
    I made this with salmon instead of tilapia, and it was quite delicious! I sprinkled a little chopped dill over the salmon and it complimented the dill in the quinoa salad really well. I also added some sauteed leeks to the quinoa. Will definitely make this again!
  • JoannaBanana416
    22 FEB, 2013
    The tilapia was pretty good and would make it again. I tried to cut the quinoa recipe and half. I used half teaspoon of salt for half cup quinoa and it was way way way too salty. I don't think I would use salt next time. I would use more lemon juice, no salt.
  • Pixie1208
    23 AUG, 2012
    We eat a lot of tilapia, but this a first time eating quinoa- This recipe was delicious!!! Can't wait to make it again.
  • sweethearttx
    29 MAR, 2012
    I have not made the tilapia in this recipe, but I have made the quinoa a few times. It was my first experience with quinoa. Very fresh. I like it. Good flavors. Will need to try the tilapia at some point. I just like eating the quinoa salad by itself. :)
  • schellereid
    7 OCT, 2011
    This was yummy, easy and fresh. BUT 1tsp of salt in the 1 cup of quinoa was TOOO salty. I had to start over!
  • varneyj44
    11 OCT, 2010
    Don't forget to rinse the quinoa thoroughly before cooking - it will taste much less bitter that way. Going to cook this tonight!
  • m4mccarthy
    10 JUL, 2010
    Very good. I substituted slaw veggies (in a bag) and green onions because I didn't have any feta and tossed in some bragg on the Quenoa. Whole family loved it. Fast too.