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Quinoa is becoming a popular food these days, it’s a great source of protein and super light. I’m going to share with you today a pretty easy quinoa side dish that I used to actually make with rice, but tried this and it was great. I tried quinoa quite a long time ago and I always found it very bland. But it’s a really great blank canvas if you will, you can do anything with it. This quinoa fried rice is a much lighter dish than traditional rice but it’s still packed with flavour.

Quinoa Fried Rice

Quinoa can be very bland when just cooked in water – I recommend cooking a broth. Chicken, vegetable or beef – it’s your choice. I used low sodium chicken broth in this recipe, it really helps boost the flavour of the quinoa. There’s a decent amount of soy sauce in this recipe also, I would recommend switching to a low sodium soy sauce. It really tastes the same and it cuts the sodium level way down. I actually use a gluten free low sodium soy sauce that still tastes great.

Quinoa Fried Rice

An important tool when cooking this dish is a cast iron skillet. Having a good quality cast iron skillet is so essential in my kitchen. They go from stove top to the oven easily and they spread the heat nice and evenly when cooking.

Quinoa Fried Rice

This dish doesn’t take too long to prepare – I cooked my quinoa in a rice cooker (roughly 15-20 minutes) and then transferred to the cast iron skillet to mix with the other ingredients and to get a bit of a crispy texture. Again, this is a recipe that is super easy to modify to your tastes. Adding some more vegetables or even leftover chicken or beef, anything really can be used to make this into a meal instead of a side dish. The next time I cook this for myself I definitely want to add bean sprouts – which would give a nice crunch.

Quinoa Fried Rice

Quinoa Fried Rice

A lighter version of fried rice made with protein packed quinoa and lots of mushrooms.

Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups broth (chicken, vegetable, beef)
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 5 button mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions.

  2. Cook peas (if frozen) and set aside.

  3. Drizzle oil into cast iron skillet and heat to medium heat.

  4. Finely chop green onions and grate garlic into skillet.

  5. Chop mushrooms (size depends on your preference). Add to skillet.

  6. Add peas and lightly sauté together.

  7. Add in cooked quinoa. Mix well with ingredients. Stir regularly so it doesn’t burn.

  8. Add in soy sauce. ¼ cup but it’s very much a personal taste. Can always add more if you need it.

  9. Cook in skillet maybe 5-10 minutes or until it reaches your desired crispiness.

  10. Remove from heat and serve!

 

Quinoa Fried Rice

6 thoughts on “Quinoa Fried Rice

  • May 15, 2016 at 5:51 pm
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    This is one of my favourites – not as starchy as rice so you feel full but not with a heavy fullness. A great choice to get your fibre and protein.

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    • May 21, 2016 at 9:57 am
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      Yes, that’s how I felt too. Very light but still filling!

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  • September 2, 2016 at 12:49 pm
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    I might have to try out this recipe soon. Recently my school started serving Quinoa for lunch and I’ve been seeing chips everywhere. Honestly been looking everywhere for info on how to quickly prepare a meal so I could show my friends back home haha. Will be trying this out. Thanks !

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    • September 2, 2016 at 2:25 pm
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      I’m glad you liked this recipe! It’s always hard when new ingredients come around – it took me a long time to figure out the best ways to use Quinoa. It’s super versatile so will definitely be sharing more ways to cook with it in the future.

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  • September 19, 2016 at 7:43 pm
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    Hi Whitney, this recipe looks delicious. Good comfort food. I don’t have a rice cooker so can you tell me how to cook quinoa properly? I tried the packet instructions but it didn’t turn out very nice. If I have no luck then I might buy a rice cooker, do you recommend a brand? Thanks. Janeen

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    • September 19, 2016 at 7:43 pm
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      Hi Janeen! Thanks for checking this out! It really is a great comfort food – and much more nutrition than rice. I didn’t use a rice cooker for a long time when making this. I would follow the packet amounts and place in a small pot on the stove. Get it up to a boil and then turn down to low and let it simmer with a lid on for about 15 minutes. Quinoa is very bland on its own so I always cook it in a broth (chicken, beef, vegetable) instead of just water. If you’re doing this recipe here, you’d then transfer it to a skillet to add in the other ingredients and fry it a little.

      If you are interested in a rice cooker – I have a Hamilton Beach. It’s super simple with just a cook and keep warm setting – nothing fancy and it works great. Here’s a link to it on amazon if you do want to check it out. http://amzn.to/2cs1IYq

      Keep me posted on how your quinoa turns out! 🙂

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