Healthy Quinoa Fried Rice + Tips on Making Perfectly Fluffy Quinoa

Quinoa Fried Rice + Tips on Making Perfectly Fluffy Quinoa

You'll never miss the rice in this healthy quinoa fried rice! This is by far the best technique I've tried for cooking perfect fluffy quinoa, every time! 

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Vegetarian
Keyword Quinoa Fried Rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 204 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin


  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 2-4 tsp low sodium soy sauce add a little to start and extra to taste!
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen veggies: peas, carrots, and onion
  • 1-2 large eggs optional
  • oil or butter for sautéing (I typically reach for the butter)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  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 =)

Recipe Notes

Garnish with a sprinkle of parsley or chopped green onion if desired.

Feeling saucy? Drizzle this dish with a little extra soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, or even Sriracha! It's amazing with all three!

Nutrition facts below are an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed with your choice of ingredients and extras! xo

Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Fried Rice + Tips on Making Perfectly Fluffy Quinoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 132mg6%
Potassium 350mg10%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 4g17%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 2370IU47%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.