Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Quinoa Fried Rice

Quinoa Fried Rice: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

I love fried rice! In my opinion that is the best part of eating Chinese food. So naturally when I discovered a fried rice that used quinoa instead of white rice I had to try it. I was so surprised by how much it tasted like "regular" fried rice. It had all of the flavors and taste of the traditional fried rice, except it was made with quinoa.

Quinoa Fried Rice


  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 green onions, chopped and divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed


  1. In a small mesh strainer rinse the quinoa in cold water.
  2. Transfer the quinoa to a medium saucepan and add in the chicken stock. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the quinoa is fluffy.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the quinoa sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and transfer to a container with a lid. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  5. In a small bowl combine the teriyaki sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil. Set aside.
  6. In a large non stick sauté pan, add in 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and heat over high heat.
  7. Add in the dice onion and carrots, cooking for about 2 minutes.
  8. Add in 2 diced green onions and the minced garlic, cooking for about 2 minutes.
  9. Add in the remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and the quinoa, stir and cook for about 2 minutes.
  10. Add in the set aside sauce, stirring and cooking for about 2 minutes.
  11. Make a well in the middle of the quinoa and pour in the lightly beaten eggs and stir to scramble them.
  12. Add in the peas and stir to mix everything together.
  13. Cook and stir until the peas are warmed through.
  14. Top with remaining diced green onions.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 3

Amount Per Serving

Calories 374

Total Fat


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Vitamin A 150.7% Vitamin C 11.7%

Calcium 8.1% Iron 38.1%

*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.

*Adapted from Cooking For Keeps.
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