Quinoa Fried "Rice"

05 January 2013

Quinoa Fried Rice
Quinoa Fried Rice

Quinoa has become one of my favorite grains.  Often, I will substitute quinoa for rice in many dishes.

Using quinoa in place of white rice in my fried rice recipe was a big improvement.  The grain has a natural crunch and nuttiness that adds so much to this dish.

Quinoa is cooked exactly like rice.  I use my rice cooker to prepare it.  Yes, it's a little more costly than rice, but you can find deals.  I buy this in my local health food store in the bulk section.  It's half the price as a small box you can buy in the supermarket.

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Delicious Quinoa Fried Rice

The version shown above is vegetarian.  If you prefer a little meat in this, then any leftover chicken, pork or beef will do.  For the recipe given, add about 1 cup of diced, cooked meat and add it after the eggs are scrambled.

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Quinoa Fried "Rice"

  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 medium onion, thickly sliced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup cooked peas
  • 1 tsp dark sesame oil
  • 3-4 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil for frying

Place the quinoa, water and olive oil in a medium saucepan.  Bring to boil, cover, reduce heat and cook until all the water is absorbed.  If you are using a rice cooker, add the quinoa, water and olive oil and set to COOK (it is done when the rice cooker switches to WARM).

Heat the 2 tbs of vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok.  Break eggs into pan and with a spatula, scramble the eggs.  When eggs are almost set, add garlic and onion (and meat if you are adding).  Stir fry until onion is almost translucent.

Add cooked quinoa, sesame oil and soy sauce.  Stir.  At this point taste the quinoa--you may have to add more soy sauce depending on your personal tastes.  Stir in peas, and heat through.

Makes 3 hearty servings or 6 side dish servings.

Quinoa Fried Rice
Quinoa Fried Rice


Alethia said...

I love the idea of subbing quinoa for rice--what a fantastic alternative. Thank you for sharing this with an avid fried rice (and now, "rice") fan!

Judith Hannemann said...

I am in love with this grain!!! You will enjoy fried rice more made with it--just like me!!!

Thanks said...

Thank you for this recipe.I didn't have some of the ingredients but I modified it and used your concept.
Coconut oil
Red bell peppers

And I just did the way you did.
I'm also making tilapia and eating with it.
Thanks once again :)

Judith Hannemann said...

I love it!!! Anything I post here is always open to anyone's own customization--gets your creative juices going. Thanks, "Thanks" :)

Grace Dawson said...

This looks lovely! I'm definitely a rice person and I'm glad to know that there are more exciting ways to make it, healthier too!

Buddy said...

I make this quite regularly now and I always add left over chicken. Makes a great meal.


Judith Hannemann said...

I'm so glad you liked it enough to make it a family favorite. It's so quick and easy and tastes so good. I love it myself!!! Thanks so much for letting me know <3


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