Spiced Cod With Broccoli-Quinoa Pilaf


This quinoa and fish recipe pairs healthy ingredients with a kick of spice.

Spiced Cod With Broccoli-Quinoa Pilaf, an easy healthy recipe
Photo: Sang An
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 serves

Quinoa is a superstar “grain” (technically, it’s a seed) that provides as much protein as meat but without fat or cholesterol. Here, it’s dressed with raisins, steamed broccoli, and chopped almonds. The side dish shines next to some freshly seasoned cod.


  • 3 teaspoons olive oil

  • ½ small onion, chopped

  • kosher salt and black pepper

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well

  • 2 cups chopped broccoli

  • ¼ cup raisins

  • ½ cup roasted almonds, coarsely chopped

  • 2 scallions, sliced

  • 4 6-ounce pieces skinless cod, halibut, or striped bass fillet

  • ½ teaspoon paprika


  1. Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and season with ¾ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until softened and starting to brown, 3 to 4 minutes.

  2. Add the quinoa and 1½ cups water to the saucepan and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer gently until almost all the water has evaporated, 10 to 12 minutes.

  3. Fold the broccoli and raisins into the quinoa, cover, and cook until the quinoa and broccoli are tender, 8 to 10 minutes more. Remove from heat and fold in the almonds, scallions, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.

  4. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Season the cod with the paprika, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook until opaque throughout, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve with the pilaf.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

464 Calories
16g Fat
44g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 464
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 833mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 37g
Calcium 109mg 8%
Iron 6mg 33%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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