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Tilapia And Quinoa Fish Recipe – Sarah Carey

Tilapia’s consumption has progressively grown in popularity since 2002 and is now the third most important fish in the aquafarming industry. Although wild tilapia is native to the African Great Lakes, it is now farmed in almost 135 countries throughout the world with China as the largest producer and importer. Tilapia is very easy to grow as it feeds only on plant food and it is resilient to disease. It is an inexpensive white flaky fish with a mild flavor that can easily be prepared and cooked. Tilapia is also very nutritious. It is a lean source of protein, low in calories and fat, and rich in niacin, vitamin B12, phosphorus, selenium, and potassium.

This tilapia and quinoa recipe is one quick and easy way to serve your family with an absolutely appetizing and nutritious meal. Perfectly seasoned and pan-fried tilapia fillets are laid on top of a hearty quinoa salad.


This recipe takes about 40 minutes to make. Serves 4.

• 1 cup of quinoa
• 1 ½ cups of water
• 1 tsp salt
• 8 boneless, skinless tilapia fillets
• 1 tsp salt
• ¾ tsp paprika
• 1 ½ tsp extra-virgin olive oil
• ½ English cucumber, diced
• ⅓cup of chopped fresh dill
• ⅓cup feta cheese, crumbled
• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• juice of ½ lemon
• ½ tsp salt


Put the quinoa in a strainer and rinse under running water.
Transfer the rinsed quinoa to a 2-quart pot.
Add water and salt, then bring to a boil over high heat.
Once the water boils, reduce the heat to medium and cover the pot with a lid.
Cook the quinoa for 15 minutes or until the liquid evaporates.
Turn the heat off and remove the lid.
Using a fork, fluff the quinoa to separate the grains.
Set aside for 5 minutes to cool.
Season the tilapia fillets with salt and paprika.
Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
Gently arrange the tilapia fillet in the pan.
Cook each side for about 4 minutes.
Transfer the tilapia fillets to a plate.
In a large bowl, mix together cucumber, dill, feta, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and quinoa.
Adjust the seasoning according to your preference.
To serve, make a bed of quinoa salad on a plate, then arrange 2 tilapia fillets on top.

Ideas And Tips:

Aside from tilapia, you can use cod, skate, sole, snapper, bass, catfish, trevally, pomfret, surgeonfish, grouper or haddock.

You may substitute feta cheese with ricotta, cotija, halloumi, cottage cheese, goat cheese or fresh mozzarella.

If you’re cutting dairy out from your diet, you can use tofu or nut cheese instead of feta.

Aside from English cucumber, you can use zucchini, jicama, water chestnut or Asian pear.

Tilapia & Quinoa Fish Recipe - Sarah Carey
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Grilled Tilapia Fish – Nigerian Food Recipe

With this recipe, you can make a simple yet, richly-spiced and absolutely tasty grilled whole tilapia. The mixture of spices and herbs used in the marinade makes the fish really succulent. This grilled tilapia is perfect with any side dish.


• 1 whole tilapia, cleaned
• ¼ tsp salt
• ½ tbsp ground black pepper
• ½ tbsp dried oregano
• ½ tbsp ground kuli-kuli
• ½ tbsp ground red chili pepper
• ¼ tsp ginger powder
• ½ tbsp garlic powder
• ½ bouillon cube, crushed
• ¼ tsp curry powder
• 1 ½ tbsp vegetable oil


This recipe takes about 45 minutes to make. Serves 1.

Cut slits on both sides of the fish.
In a small bowl, mix together salt, black pepper, oregano, kuli-kuli, ground red chili pepper, ginger powder, garlic powder, crushed bouillon cube, curry powder, and vegetable oil to make the marinade.
Brush the marinade on all sides of the fish including the cavity.
Wrap the fish in aluminum foil and keep in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes.
Preheat the grill to 400°F.
Grease the grill rack with oil.
Take the fish out from the aluminum foil and place it on the grill rack.
Grill the fish for 5 minutes on each side.

Ideas And Tips:

• Aside from tilapia, you can use croaker or sea bream.

• If you want a tender and juicy fish, do not remove the aluminum foil. Place the foil directly on the grill rack and cook the fish for 8 to 10 minutes on each side.

• Kuli-kuli is a popular Nigerian snack primarily made from peanuts. You may use peanut butter to substitute kuli-kuli.

• Aside from dried oregano, you can use thyme or basil.

Grilled Tilapia Fish - Nigerian Food Recipe
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Fried Whole Fish In Ginger Sauce (Authentic Cantonese Cooking)

Frying whole fish is common in Asian culture. Fried whole fish not only has a great texture, it also has an amazing flavor. The outside is crispy but the flesh stays moist and tender. Most Asians also prefer whole fish than fillets as the meat attached to the bones is much tastier. In this recipe, the whole fried fish is simmered in an absolutely delicious ginger-based sauce. This makes the fish absorb the sweet, salty, sour and spicy flavors from the sauce. The sauce is then thickened and poured on the fish. This dish is perfect with hot steaming rice.


• 1 pre-fried whole tilapia
• 3 tbsp soy sauce
• ¾ cup of water
• 1 tbsp sesame oil
• 1 tbsp rice wine
• 1 tbsp vinegar
• 1 tsp chili sauce
• 3 tbsp minced ginger
• 1 tbsp minced garlic
• 2 stalks green onions, chopped
• 2 tbsp cooking oil
• 1 tsp tapioca starch
• ⅛ cup of water
• 2 stalks green onions, cut into strips


This recipe takes about 20 minutes to make. Serves 2.

To make the sauce, mix water, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine, chili sauce, and vinegar in a bowl, then set aside.
In a small bowl, dilute tapioca starch in water, then set aside.
Heat oil in a wok over medium-high heat.
Add ginger and sauté for 10 to 15 seconds.
Add garlic and sauté for 10 to 15 seconds.
Add chopped green onions and sauté for another 10 seconds.
Pour in sauce mixture and boil for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add fried fish and cover the wok with a lid.
Simmer for 2 minutes.
Remove the lid and Flip the Fish.
Cover the wok with a lid and simmer for another 2 minutes.
Remove the fish from the wok and transfer to a serving plate.
Add starch mixture to thicken the sauce.
Turn off heat.
Top the fish with green onion strips.
Pour sauce on top of the fish and serve.

Ideas And Tips:

• Aside from tilapia, you can use pomfret, sea bass, snapper, perch or cod.

Fried Whole Fish In Ginger Sauce (Authentic Cantonese Cooking)
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