RECIPE: Quinoa Fried “Rice”

Published on: November 25, 2012

You’ve probably heard about quinoa but not everyone knows what to do with it. Here’s one easy recipe that’s both healthy and delicious! Quinoa has gotten increasingly popular over the past few years because of its great nutritional profile: it has twice the protein of white rice and way more fiber, plus a fair amount of healthy fat. It’s super easy to prepare and tastes good, too. Though it’s technically a seed, it’s a great substitute for any grain, including rice. And kids tend to love it. This fried “rice” recipe is as flexible as traditional fried rice, so you can use any type of vegetable you want (for the dish in the photo we used carrots, cauliflower and asparagus), and you can add meat, too. Makes about 3 cups.


  • 1 cup dry quinoa or 2 cups leftover, prepared quinoa
  • 1 ¾ cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • ¾ cup diced vegetables, pre-cooked
  • ½ cup chopped cooked chicken or other meat
  • soy sauce to taste


1. Prepare quinoa.

Add quinoa to pot with 1 ¾ cup water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, fluff with fork and set aside in the refrigerator to cool.

2. Prepare egg.

Heat wok or large pan and add oil. Beat eggs and add to hot pan. Scramble eggs quickly and remove from pan while still soft.

3. Fry quinoa.

Add a little more oil if necessary. Add garlic to pan along with diced vegetables. If you’re using meat, add it now. Heat everything till warm, then add cooled quinoa and scrambled eggs. Mix together for a minute or two till warmed through, sprinkle with a bit of soy sauce, mix again then remove from heat and serve.  
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