Keen-Wahhhh!? Quinoa Fried Rice + Tips on Making Perfectly Fluffy Quinoa

Quinoa Fried Rice

Hookay so…. when it comes to quinoa, I had it all wrong!  Someone once told me to cook it identically to rice and I have been happily doing so ever since.  But then I did a little keen-wahhh related researched and realized there is most definitley a better way to cook up those little morsels of whole grain goodness! =)

I also realized that once the initial “newness” of quinoa wore off, I slacked on cooking the stuff.  Yet whenever I would go to Whole Foods to stuff my face with their hot bar, I always loaded up on a giant scoop of quinoa as the base for my meal…. and loved the crap out of it every time.  Then it hit me – I needed to find a way to make quinoa convenient!  Not that it takes a ridiculously long time to cook (15 minutes if not even close to brutal), but by cooking a small batch for the week, I can ensure its appearance on my plate over and over again.  The quinoa lasts four days in the fridge and stays light and fluffy when you cook it like quinoa, versus rice.  Love it!

So in honor of my ah-ha moment, here is how I cook my quinoa these days.
And might I add, that it comes out perfect every. time. now.  
Super fluffy.
its so fluffy i'm gonna die despicable me

the process goes a little like this:

How to Make Fluffy Quinoa Tutorial

1. Rinse quinoa, drain, and allow to dry before even attempting to cook the stuff.  Moisture is the enemy here initially.  You can get delish quinoa regardless but it will be even fluffier if you let it dry fully.  Drying time will vary, I usually rinse, strain, and just walk away.  After drying, the rest of the process will only take about 15 minutes max.  So quick =)  The rinsing is also essential here because quinoa has a slightly bitter coating on it.  Rinsing removes this coating and you wind up with delicious results every time.

seive strainer quinoa
                                      a seive or mesh strainer makes rinsing a breeze!

2. Toss the dry quinoa straight in the pot without water and allow to toast on medium heat for just a minute or so while you stir to prevent burning.  You don’t quite want to brown it, but instead want to kick that liiiiittle extra moisture that the quinoa might be holding on to.  Sometimes I skip this step but I try to lightly toast it if I have a spare minute or two.

3. Add your water.  I try to use filtered b/c I’m a pansy and can taste the tap water here in NC in my cooking.  I’ve read many a cookbook and website that all suggest to nix the rice 1:2 ratio and instead do a 1:1.5 ratio for quinoa. 1 cup of quinoa per 1.5 cups of water. Feel free to use veggie broth instead of water for added flavor!  I skip the broth in the recipe below, but use it in many other recipes.  Try it both ways and see what you think =)

4. Bring to a boil, reduce to low, cover and simmer for approx 12 minutes.

5. Remove lid, fluff with a fork, and dig straight in!  If it’s still a little liquid-y let it simmer for another minute or so until it’s nice and fluffy.

Make extra so you can toss it in pasta dishes to bulk them up, in salads for extra protein and texture, and anything else you can think of! Now that i’m not drowning my quinoa in that extra 1/2 cup of liquid it comes out fluffier and tastier than ever.  Which means when I make Quinoa Fried Rice, its EXTRA magical.

Quinoa Fried Rice
I could seriously live off this stuff!
Fluffy Flavorful Quinoa Fried Rice
Keen-Wahhhh!? Quinoa Fried Rice + Tips on Making Perfectly Fluffy Quinoa
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 2-4 tsp low sodium soy sauce [add a little to start and add more to taste!]
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced [oh yes, I love my garlic!]
  • ⅛ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen veggies such as peas, carrots, and onion
  • 1-2 large eggs, optional
  • oil or butter for sauteing [I typically reach for the butter]
  • salt and pepper, to taste

  • Garnish with a sprinkle of parsley, dried pepper flakes, or both!

  • Feeling saucy? Drizzle this dish with a little extra soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, or even sriracha! It's amazing with all three!
Instructions
  1. Cook your quinoa via the method mentioned above.
  2. While its cooking, prep your veggies! I used frozen peas, fresh baby carrots, and fresh onion since it's what I had on hand. Any combo of veggies, frozen or fresh will work.
  3. Saute the carrots and onion in a small frying pan until tender. You'll saute your garlic too but add it towards the very end to prevent burning.
  4. For the peas, I microwave-steamed a small bag and saved the rest for later; however, any cooking method for those delish little peas will work, including tossing them in the skillet with the other veg.
  5. If you're adding eggs to the mix, push the veggies to one side of the hot pan and crack your eggs on the other side and scramble.
  6. If your using a stainless or cast iron pan, you might want to add a teeny bit of butter or oil to the pan before cracking the eggs.
  7. By now the quinoa should be ready. Add a sprinkle of garlic powder, fluff, and toss your quinoa into the pan with the veggies.
  8. Next add your soy sauce.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste and pan fry for a few minutes.
  10. Serve hot and garnish with parsley, sweet chili sauce, and extra low-sodium soy sauce =)
This recipe is a great way to clean out your crisper drawer or even your freezer!  Use what you have on hand to make this dish any day of the week without worrying about a grocery-run.  I tend to keep peas, carrots, and onion on hand at  all time so those always end up in my dishes.  When I have them, mushrooms, bean sprouts, snow peas and broccoli are a rockin‘ addition to this dish.  What better way to eat your veggies? =)
Vegansaurus Chefs skip ze egg
Brontosaurus Chefs Dig in!  Add some General Tso’s Tofu if you’d like!
T-Rex Chefs  Enjoy as is or add some protien to the mix.  Like Coconut Shrimp!
Glutensaurus-Free?  grab some bragg liquid aminos or GF soy sauce to seal the deal
Quinoa Fried Rice

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Veggie Quinoa Fried Rice
Quinoa Fried Rice

I literally make this  like once a week.  Ob-SESSED!

Hope you adore it as much as I do =)

Ooh! And while I have you here, what’s your FAVORITE thing to add to quinoa?

Lately I’m crushing on snow peas so I made an uber green, utterly delicious Quinoa Fried Rice Remix!

 
Veggie Quinoa Fried Rice

Comments

  1. says

    LOVE quinoa! I’ll have to try this dish soon!

    Up until now, my favorite way to make quinoa is as a breakfast dish — cook it in half apricot nectar, half water and add fresh berries, chopped plums, nuts, whatever and top with yogurt. YUM!

  2. sarah sheffield says

    this looks AMAZING you are such a doll.  I’m allergic to wheat so quinoa is a go to at my house and I’m always looking for new ideas for it :) thanks so much for sharing.  xx

  3. says

    Quinoa kicks wheat’s butt!!! =) My bro can’t have the stuff either [wheat...gluten, or any dairy actually!] so I need an arsenal of allergy friendly recipes for him — and now for you too! <3 I’ll try to keep em coming!

    xoxo

  4. says

    Yes!!!!! I do the veggie broth add in too! I like the fried rice recipe better without it (hellooo i’m a weirdo!) b/c i like the soy sauce to reign supreme but it really does rock quinoas world when its in there normally! Love the POM idea! I use it for beets but never quinoa — brilliant!

  5. says

    Thanks Noelle! This would be a great 1st try for quinoa b/c it tastes so much like fried rice! My husband HATES quinoa with a passion but will gobble this particular recipe up. Phew! Need to fully convert him now =)

  6. says

    Oh, my!  I am a new fan of quinoa and this method is BRILLIANT!  Using it as quinoa fried “rice” is so simply amazing – you are MADE of awesome!

  7. Honeybunchesoflove says

    This looks wonderful, I have never actually tried Quinoa, I did try Bulgar wheat for the first time the other day, and absolutely loved it. I may have to give this a go, thank you for the cooking instructions Jen. :D 

    Jess x

  8. says

    I love, love, love quinoa and this little twist on it is great. I can’t wait to try this. I also like your idea of making extra batches for salads and lunches. It really is the perfect portable grain :) Have a wonderful week!

  9. says

    This is so helpful!! Without realizing it I’ve been skipping steps and adding too much water. I have been looking for a new way to cook quinoa (after neglecting my jar of it for months) and your recipe sounds delicious. Also, I must say, I love your use of lines from the End of The World!

  10. PB&Jenny says

    quinoa hates me. Seriously. I’ve tried to make it so many times and it always becomes super dry. 

    p.s. I don’t care how it’s really pronounced — I will always say “ki-no-ah”. 

  11. says

    Love it!  I’ve only tried quinoa once…but should more often.  Your post title made me laugh…I totally read it with a karate voice keeeeeen wah! 

  12. says

    The recipe sounds great, and I definitely have not tried toasting it or switching from the 1:2 ratio for water. 
    I usually stick with a simple spinach and mushroom blend in my quinoa…it’s good, but I could definitely branch out!

  13. Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious says

    You got that right! Toast and less water makes for much better quinoa. I love it! I just started alternating it with my wheat berries, they are both so versatile. Thanks for the tips.

  14. says

    I make quinoa frequently, but have never heard of toasting it or less water. Will have to try that. I love to take quinoa and add some beans (black or kidney are my faves), douse with cumin and garlic powder, heat in the microwave and then add some fresh tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and dig in! I do a variation of this meal regularly for lunch, adding in whatever I have around, including big handfulls of lettuce, sprouts or whatever veggies I have on hand. Next timeI make quinoa for the week I’m trying this method. :-)

  15. says

    Looks perfect!  I made mine all wrong too the first time I made it haha, I was like this isn’t supposed to be crunchy?!  Ohh cooking disasters :)

  16. CrunchyCreamySweet says

    This is exactly how I cook rice! My Hubby taught me this trick right after we got married.  I have been cooking rice this way ever since. It does make it fluffy! PS: Despicable Me is like my favorite movie ever!! Your dish looks beautiful! Now I want some quinoa! :)

  17. says

    That fried quinoa looks amazing. I too was struggling making quinoa because it would always be a bit too crunchy and bitter. Eventually I just added the water and let it soak for 10-15 mins before putting it onto boil and it got nice and fluffy! I haven’t tried toasting it so I’ll have to try that :)

  18. Liz says

    I also LOVE quinoa.  In fact, I was thinking about  making some tri-colored quinoa tonight!  I like to add chopped cucumber, grape tomatoes, some fresh garlic and basil, and chopped onion to mine to make a quinoa salad.  Your fried rice version looks amazing, too!  Oh– and have you ever tried quinoa for breakfast with a fried egg on top?  DEEEE-licious!

  19. says

    Yes!!!! It rocks!!!! I love making cold salads from it too!!!! I’m pouting right now b/c I try to eat seasonal and all I want are spring and summer veggies and fresh salads! Obv I cheat and eat the foreign veggies when the craving really strikes out of season or I’d chew my arm off! lol

  20. Emily Goodman says

    I’ve been wanting to try cooking quinoa for a while now! I love how super easy your recipe is…I will def be trying this out :)

  21. says

    I’ve been meaning to try quinoa for the longest time, but I’m kinda scared! This looks de-liiiiii-cious! “its so fluffy i’m going to die” :D hilarrrrrious… I found you on FoodBuzz…loving your blog!

  22. says

    For weeks my husband was convinced quinoa looked like fish eyes and refused to eat it. I made him try it ( after weeks of trying) and he is now a believer. He loves it! I never thought of fried rice! Great idea.

  23. ASHLEA says

    I have plans to cook with quinoa! I have fell in love with it as a breakfast dish at one of my favorite restaurants and dying to experiment.  This looks like a great recipe to try!

  24. Helennaturally says

    I basically cook mine the way you do!  I love to add veggies in the mix.  Oh and I like to add it to my salads as well :)

  25. Katie {Epicurean Mom Blog} says

    Ah yes, we both definitely have been on a keen-wahhhh kick! It’s so good and of course healthy! This recipe looks scrumptious! :)

  26. Jeasmine Incoglia says

    mmmhh hungry!!!! I like also heart chocolate peanut butter!!! lovely gift!!! :)

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  27. says

    Yay for quinoa! Thanks for all the great info on how to cook these little babies up. I always forget to toast mine first and then wonder why ends up like a big pile of mush. Doh! I also like the idea of turning it into Fried Quinoa using the method as rice. Awesome-sauce! As far as my favorite thing to add to quinoa, I love having it in the morning with chopped apples and cinnamon. So warm and comforting and keeps my belly full for a long time… very important qualities in my book :)

  28. Yesiwantcake says

    Heck yes! I love quinoa – I forget about it as anything but breakfast food, but this post slams it to the forefront of my brain. Looks absolutely delicious.

  29. says

    I’m new to your site, but I’m seriously lovin’ it!

    I haven’t ever tried quinoa because it seemed grosser than gross, but you’ve actually made it look delectable! So glad I found you!

  30. says

    I love keen-wahhhhhhh tooooo! So good! This dish looks so good! I have to bookmark it.

    My favorite quinoa dish is making a Mexican bowl. Add some peppers, onions, whatever else and top with some cheese – YUM!

  31. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says

    I love quinoa and it really is such a great sub for rice dishes! And yay for more protein and less carbs!

  32. says

    Oh noooo! Maybe its the brand you’ve bought? Eek! I burnt it so bad one time that I thought I would never be able to erase the smell from my nose/kitchen but I’ve started the love affair back up with this cooking method. lol. I have to say ki-no-ah to friend when I am trying to tell them what on earth i’m attempting to feed them. They look at me like i’m crazy when I say keeeen-wahhh! lol =) love it – cheap laughs are better than none at all! hehe

  33. says

    oooh do it dooo it! =) You can usually find it by the rice and also in bulk bins. I’ve seen it at Fresh Market, Whole Foods, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Publix, Harris Teeter, etc…. a lot of stores should carry it! Some stick it by the gluten free foods if they have a special GF section. Hope that helps!

  34. says

    I have to eat gluten free and I have always been too scared to make quinoa cuz I didn’t know how to cook it or what I could even make with it. Thanks so much for this post. 

  35. Beatricelovecats says

    if i’m consuming:
    blueberries, spinach, banana, dragonfruit, pear, tofu, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, red onion, garlic, instant microwavable oats with flaxseed, pistachio, dates, in my day,
    will the insufficient of protein cause my binge eating?plus that can you please try to use the above food to plan a 1200kcal meal plan for me because i’m really crazy about portion control.i really eat 1kg cashew at one time then plus whole box of cocoa crisp cereal just before bed.

  36. says

    Ahh…I was just thinking about quinoa this morning. I haven’t made any in such a long time- I miss it! For my go-to recipe I add carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and dried cranberries to the quinoa. And I use a mixture of lemon and balsamic for the dressing. So delicious! 
    Congratulations on making Foodbuzz’s Top 9 again! Very well-deserved. (:

  37. Julia Mestas says

    Looooove this post.  It’s funny, you’re funny!  And I need to get my arse in the kitchen and make some more quinoa, but this time, TOAST it!!!!  Yum!

  38. says

    I am fairly new to the Quinoa bandwagon too – thanks for sharing your cooking method, I can’t wait to try it out – congrats on the FoodBuzz Top 9!

  39. Shirley says

    I use quinoa but I cheat LOL!! I but the one that does not require rinsing and just put it on the stove with water. I was afraid to make it thought I was not going to like it, but I must admit it comes out pretty good. I have only done it plain but next time I make it I am going to add the veggies and maybe get my kids to eat it. 

  40. Erica says

    So I just went to comment on a quinoa post (not this one) and
    it said it didn’t exist! EEEEEE! You must have deleted it! Anywho…I was
    wondering your quinoa teqnique and now I see it! I never thought to toast it! Mine
    has a perfect lil crunch to it…is that normal!?!? Kind of like el DENTE quinoa!

     

    Even kurt had it! Haha

    Its so fluffy im gonnna diieee!!

  41. says

    I like it to taste like perfectly cooked rice but without a crunch. But i’ve had it with a crunch to it and its still good too! Even when i goof and have made it mushy in the past i still devoured it sooo… im just easy to please as long as it isnt burnt or too raw! lol <3 I deleted the post b/c it was just kind of boring and noone was commenting on it. lol. i’m so insecure like that ;)

  42. The Healthy Hippie says

    AWESOME RECIPE! im pretty new with Qunioa and am always looking for new ways to make it..this looks delicious & ill have to try it out for sure!
     
    PS: loooooooove the “its so fluffy!” …that used to be my ring tone, ahahaha!! love her :)

  43. says

    Whooohoo! If you like quinoa you’ll love it… well, even if you didnt like quinoa you would love it =) my husband is deathy afraid of the stuff but devours this like its going out of style ;) Hope you love it too!!!!

    and I might need to take a cue from you and hunt down that ringtone. It would make me laugh everytime the phone rings! =)

  44. Britt says

    This looks great and I can’t wait to try it. 2 questions… 1) when do you add the eggs? 2) about how long do you let the quinoa dry after rinsing? Thanks so much!!!

  45. says

    Great questions Britt!!! I’m going to try to update the post with the info as well — thanks for asking!!!

    I usually rinse my quinoa whenever I start thinking of what I want for lunch/dinner (I think in advance b/c i’m always thinking about food! whoops!) and then just leave it out while I run errands and do stuff around the house — so I’ve never timed it. I would say 20 minutes or so but you can just as easily rinse it, leave it out for several minutes, and then pat it dry with paper towels. The toasting step will remove any little bit of moisture you left behind as well.

    I usually fry up the eggs after the veggies are just about done sauteeing. I push the veg to the side and while the pan is still hot, crack two eggs in to the cleared space and just kind of scramble them around until they turn bright yellow. Shouldn’t take more than a minute or so. Its one of those dishes that can be muli-tasked really easily, which I love =)

    Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions Britt! and let me know what you think if you try it! xoxo

  46. Maria Ibbitson says

    I know this may sound completely ridiculous, but I always fumble with the pronunciation. The title of the entry now has it permanently etched in my brain. I’ve been telling my daughter it’s called “KEEN-WAHHHH” over and over. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  47. Toni H says

    Any suggestions for a recipe with cranberries? I tried a quinoa dish on my last cruise…and it had cranberries, almonds and possibly green onion/scallions?  it was extremely delicious, but i’ve never been able to find anything close to it.

  48. says

    I actually do make a cranberry quinoa! Its a little different though– here’s the recipe: http://www.peasandcrayons.com/2011/10/cranberry-curry-quinoa-with-roasted.html

    what kind of sauce, if any, did the dish you tried have on it? if you can describe it a little bit I can try to whip something up and post a recipe for you! =) Just let me know! I adore recreating restaurant/etc… dishes at home! Its one of my fav challenges!

    xoxo
    jenn

  49. Pkinderman says

    Quinoa cooked in chicken or vegetable stock, while hot add chopped cilantro and fresh lime juice!  Learned it from a Chilean friend – it is a staple there.

  50. Alexis Stapp says

    How do you rinse it?  Every time I try to rinse quinoa, I seem to lose half of it down the drain.  It sticks to EVERYTHING.

  51. says

    I’ve never had quinoa before in my life! (ducking head in shame.) I go to buy it at the shops, and it’s SO EXPENSIVE I feel like somebody will rob me if I walk out of the shop with it. Is it a bit like couscous, only nuttier and crunchier? I have no idea. The fried rice looks amazing; are you a spice girl? (I don’t notice any chili’s, but not everyone puts chilli in fried rice.) 

  52. says

    I’m a spice FIEND! =) I try to alternate which recipes I cayenne/redpepperflake/chili sauce the heck out of b/c half my readers don’t like anything spicy. Though I can attest that this rocks with extra kick =) Brand-name quinoa is certainly more expensive than the bulk bin or discount store varieties (the quality seems to be all the same!) and does have a really similar texture to couscous but fluffier/nuttier and, because its related to beets and such, is much healthier than a typical grain (even whole grains!) I think its totally worth a try =) with chilis <3 Hope my ramble helps! hehe

  53. LivelyKitchen says

    I love quinoa, but I must admit I always use a 2:1 ratio of water:quinoa.  You are rocking my world by changing that….  still, I trust you…. so I’ll give it a go.

  54. Khushboo says

    I LOVE quinoa and it took me the longest time to “master” how to cook it!   I stick with the 2:1 water to quinoa ratio and that seems to do the trick! I’ve wasted a lot of quinoa due to failed attempts- woops!

  55. says

    i love quinoa and i love your post title!:) i’ve been using the 1:1.5 ratio.. but dint try roasting it.. great suggestion.. that fried rice quinoa looks gorgeous!

  56. says

    I’m so glad you posted this!  I’m trying to convince the hubs that we should give up meat for Lent, mostly because I think it would be really good for us to start eating meatless more, and that would give us a fantastic kick in the pants to do so.  But that means I have to start collecting good vegetarian recipes asap!

  57. says

    I gave up meat in college to get myself to eat more veggies and learn to like beans…. it worked so well =) so much in fact that i didnt even mess with meat for like 5 years or so. Go for it girly!!!! I’ll keep posting veggie eats <3

  58. says

    We threw a Pink Panda Party for my Princess this past weekend.  This quinoa fried rice would have been an awesome side to go with the stir-fry.  Definitely going to serve it at the adult sushi/sake party all the adults were planning by the end of the party! 

    BTW, I love how you added vegansaurus here.  :)

  59. Andrea Dixon says

    Same here! I bought some a while back and haven’t had the guts to try cooking it yet. This certainly helps!!

  60. Amanda Carlson says

    I made this tonight, and it was DELICIOUS.  Perfect timing, as I had just bought my first bag of quinoa.  Thanks for  the time and effort you put into your posts — the detail, right down to the fun font you used on the pictures, make it like reading a really beautiful magazine.

  61. Icantdrive49 says

    I am new to your site, and was excited to try this. I made it for dinner and Im eating it right now its fantastic! I have never had quiona before and im glad I tried it. I look forward to trying more of your recipes. Thanks for the healthy dinner :)  

  62. says

    Thanks Amanda!!!!!! This is hands down one of my favorite comments I’ve ever received. I’ve always dreamed of working for a magazine and this really hit home =) You’re the best! I’m so thrilled you love the recipe! <3

  63. says

    So, Jenn. I know this is a few days old post…but I just had to write and tell you this story. I have never made quinoa myself and after seeing it on all the blogs bought some to try. My boyfriend thought this was a great idea too. So, after seeing this post of course I sent it to him in an e-mail b/c neither of were quite sure how to prepare it. And then…my boyfriend who certainly doesn’t read healthy living blogs or experiment in the kitchen…on his own, by himself, in his cute little apartment kitchen made this quinoa fried rice. And…because he liked it so much brought his little tuppaware of leftovers over to my place to try. Isn’t that the cutest thing of your life? And, just goes to show you what a fantastic recipe you created! <3

  64. says

    WOW! This looks sooooo delicious! I seriously can’t wait to try it. and your method of cooking it. I wonder – HOW do you dry quinoa? I know that probably seems obvious – but, if you left it in a strainer, wouldn’t it take hours to dry? perhaps this is something even my husband will eat :)

  65. says

    Thanks Ashley! For sure try it — it’s been a huge hit with everyone that has taste-tested it [eee happy dance!]

    For drying, I just leave it in the strainer earliler in the day and forget about it but last night I strained it and then dumped the pile of semi-damp quinoa on a stack of paper towels and it dried fairly quickly! The toasting process will nix any leftover moisture too =)

    and my husband HATES quinoa with passion, until this dish =) now he gobbles it up! Hope that helps!!!! Thanks for your sweet comment!

  66. Britt says

    Made it tonight. It was great! I will definitely be cooking my quinoa like this from now on. Thanks again. Oh, and the shrimp was a perfect addition!

  67. Vermontmaple says

    My friend made quinoa and brought it into work.  I couldn’t get enough of it!  The one thing about quinoa is that you really can’t go wrong no matter what you do to it.  My friend brought it in cold…..I love it this way.  I did not drain or rinse (my bad); used fetta cheese, peppers, red onions and rice vinegar.  I bought one brand that was horrible but the MARUKAN (Seasoned Gourmet Rice Vinegar) was DELICIOUS!  I made 1 cup quinoa to 1 1/2 cup water.  Then added 1/4 cup vinegar.  I didn’t realize it, but my friend added olive oil.  Enjoy!!

  68. Jillian says

    Made it tonight and it was AH-MAY-ZING!!! Not a crumb left over!! I dried mine (after rinsing it) in a low temp oven (about 170 degrees) for about 5 minutes to hurry things along. Turned out great. Served it with Edamame . Next time my husband wants me to add a bit of red pork. I’m not too keen on the extra nitrates etc., but I might make a batch for him that way. Thanks for the great explanations and photos. It gave me the courage to try a recipe that will be in my weekly rotation for quite a while!

  69. says

    Ummmm biggest virtual high-five ever! I love your idea to dry it in the oven at a low temp! Brilliant Jillian!!!! I will be trying that out with the batch i’m making Tuesday!

    I always tease my carnivorous husband (i’m worried about those additives too!!) that he can have all the meat he chooses… if he cooks it himself! I bet this dish would rock with some pulled red pork but… I say you and I kick our feet up and have some wine while they get their butts in the kitchen this time ;)

    Thanks so much for the feedback love! <3 Hope you had a fabulous weekend!
    xoxo
    Jenn

  70. Jillian says

    What would you guess is the calorie breakdown per serving? I am striving for 1700 cal. per day and usually have between 900 and 1100 calories remaining for dinner/dessert/snack at the end of the day. I love that quinoa has the great combo of protein and whole grains, but I don’t know how much I am really eating! Thanks again for your blog! It is the first one ever I have ever “followed” and I am so excited to try a bunch of your recipes!

  71. says

    There are a number of free memberships you can get to food diary websites and trackers that you can enter in how much of each ingredient you add to your total “batch” of the dish and obtain a total calorie count based on what you just cooked. Then you can break it down into calories/serving and get a better grasp of the details. I’m a little bit of a free spirit after calorie counting in nutrition school for so long so I have started viewing super “grains” like quinoa, legumes, and veggies as calorie-free foods b/c of their nutrient density. I only monitor the extras such as oils, butters, cheeses and such so I haven’t calculated the dish yet myself.
    nutritiondata.self.com is pretty fun to explore as far as counters go.
    Here is the breakdown of one cup of cooked quinoa: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/10352/2 — 1 cup is a LOT of quinoa and the calories are mainly from the awesome protein that it contains (vs coming from fat and carbohydrates) so I consider it a powerhouse! <3

    Hope this helps! <3

  72. Nancyahawthorne says

    Just made a GREAT recipe from the January All You Magazine called Mushroom Quinoa Burgers!  They were delicious!!!  Love learning new ways to use quinoa and definitely making your fried rice quinoa this week!!!  Thanks!!!

  73. Nancy says

    Just made a GREAT recipe from the January All You Magazine called Mushroom Quinoa Burgers!  They were delicious!!!  Love learning new ways to use quinoa and definitely making your fried rice quinoa this week!!!  Thanks!!!

  74. Lfcare says

    I just saw this recipe on Pinterest today and made it tonight.  HUGE HIT!  I made two cups and it was by far the lightest and fluffiest quinoa I’ve ever made.  Everyone (all FOUR kids and the HUBBY) loved this version as fried rice.  Thank you for sharing this with us as I’m certain it will be a staple in our home.

  75. says

    I read this from my phone this weekend while having a bad day and ohmygosh — thank you so much for this sweet comment! It brightened my day =) I’m so so thrilled that your family loved it as much as mine! Thank you!

  76. Lisa Rozario says

    Thank you for sharing this. I love quinoa and am happy to find another recipe for it ..a healthy option too. Also read your guest post on The Blooming Hydrangea.

  77. Nina Yang says

    My boyfriend said that I wouldn’t be able to make quinoa fried rice, but thank you so much for this recipe. I know what I’ll be making for dinner tonight! 

  78. Jillian says

    Okay, so sorry to have taken so long to get back with you! I have made this recipe over and over and always get rave reviews! The calorie breakdown if you divide this into 4 servings is only 117 calories per serving!! Great nutritional value for the calorie content for sure! If you had a REALLY hungry crew, you could even divide it into thirds and still not consume too many calories per serving. Thanks again for a GREAT recipe!!

  79. Jillian says

    Ooops! I added the wrong amount of calories for the eggs (I use 2 large eggs) so you would need to add 26.5 calories per person for a total of 144. :)

  80. heatherbquinn says

    Made this for lunch today… I guess it defeats the purpose of a vegan recipe but I want to add shrimp next time :)

  81. Jennifer says

    Oh my, I love Fried Rice…worked at a Japanese restaurant and learned there… This might just be the inspiration for a total switch over to quinoa! 

  82. katie b says

    I love this recipe! My 3 yr old even ate it! The only thing i hate is the quinoa that gets all over the place! In the sink on the floor in other dishes…..

  83. Nikkipremier says

    not sure what i did wrong but the quinoa didn’t cook fluffy or anything like what I’m seeing. i followed directions & let the quinoa dry. its been 1/2 an hour & its still not cooking right & not sure what to do UGH

  84. says

    Hmmm… the temperature or the water to quinoa ratio has to be off for it to not come out perfect in under 15 minutes =( Did you measure it all out exactly? I’m sorry it isn’t working! This is the first time I’ve heard of anyone having trouble

  85. Carly says

    This is great!  I love cooking quinoa and usually make a quinoa and black bean concoction, but I am definitely trying this sometime soon!

  86. says

    I’ve just thrown in some frozen peas and carrots and some green onions.  Snowpeas and bean sprouts both sound delicious though. I’ll have to remember that! We skip the egg since we’re part of the vegansaurus crowd, but it’s still a pretty filling dish! Never any leftovers though. I might need to double it so I can have extra. Ha!

  87. MommaCook says

    I like to make a breakfast quinoa with left overs. I add a nut, fruit (dried or fresh), and some form of milk…super yummy. My favorite is quinoa, pineapple, walnut, unsweetened flaked coconut, coconut milk, and a dash of nutmeg. Mmmmmm!

  88. Tiffany says

    Do you cook the quinoa in water and then add the coconut milk?  I normally cook mine in homemade veggie broth, which wouldn’t be so good for breakfast. :P This sounds so delicious! 

  89. Mary-Jeanine Ibarguen says

    I’ve been making this about once a week for a few months now.  My 16yo daughter took small portions the  first few times, but now she swoons when I mention I’m making “stir-fry quinoa”.  Last week we attended a family reunion and I worried all summer about my gluten intolerance at the reunion.  So I made this recipe a few times and I definitely introduced a whole bunch of people to the joys of quinoa.  Especially a cousin who is celiac and is looking for things to eat.  So thank you, thank you for posting a great recipe.  I love cleaning out my veggie drawer and frozen veggie pile!!

  90. says

    This is the best news I’ve heard all day! I’d say all week… but the week just started! But it will probably be the highlight of my next 7 days regardless =) Thanks for the super sweet comment Mary-Jeanine! My little brother is celiac so I’ll try to keep the gluten-free recipes coming! And I’m over the moon that you guys love it! Getting a 16 year old to eat quinoa is pretty much rocket science eh? Haha I love it!!!! Hope your week is off to a fantastic start! <3

  91. KLNobles says

    I love quinoa. I make a quinoa pilaf with onions, bell peppers and zucchini that my guys love. But we all love fried rice. So, I’m going to try your recipe tomorrow!  Thanks!

  92. Warren says

    Try this one:
    QUINOA AVOCADO SALAD WITH BLACK BEANS OVER ARUGULA
    1 cup cooked quinoa
    1/2 red bell pepper, diced
    1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
    2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    Juice from 1 lime
    pinch of sea salt
    4 cups baby arugula
    1 fresh ripe avocado, cubed
    1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
    2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
    Toss and serve!

  93. Anonymous says

    Made this tonight ~ OMG so good and easy to put together! My 2 and 3 year olds devoured it! We will be making this often! 5 stars!

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