I’m off for warmer climates soon, so i’m posting a dish I made a while ago to get in the Latin spirit. This is almost an exact replica of a dish i had at Cafe Con Leche in January. I was so excited by the flavors and textures that I immediately said “I bet I could do this!”  And I was right.

Garlic Lime Shrimp & Tilapia over Quinoa   –
Inspired by Cafe Con Leche
(2 Servings)

  • 2 Tilapia fillets, rinsed and dried well
  • 1/2 lb shrimp
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 tbsp or 2 cloves minced garlic
  • diced onion and / or red bell pepper
  • lime zest
  • salt & pepper to taste

Start by seasoning shrimp with salt and pepper then sautéing the 1/2 of the garlic and shrimp over medium heat until pink and firm. Remove shrimp from pan, then heat pan and sear tilapia for 4-5 minutes each side or until flesh is mostly translucent and flakes easily.  Return shrimp to pan and add juice of 1/2 large or whole small lime and the rest of the garlic. If you want more of a sauce than a glaze, in a separate sauté pan add juice of 2 limes, garlic, and a pinch of kosher salt. Reduce by half then thicken with corn starch. Cook quinoa per instructions with the onion, bell pepper, and citrus zest, then top with seafood, sauce, and sliced avocado. The citrus cuts through the creamyness and fat of the avocado. The richness of the avocado provides a base for what could be an overly bright or intense dish. If you’re not going to serve right away squeeze extra lemon on the top to keep the avocado from turning brown.
For more authentic Latin meal, serve with rice and beans instead of quinoa.

This is a quick and easy meal thats still hearty, healthy and has bold flavors. Try it for just yourself, a romantic dinner, or serve platter-style for a dinner party. Enjoy!