Easy Quinoa Recipes – Quinoa Fried Rice

quinoa fried rice

If you bought a giant bag of quinoa from Costco and it’s still sitting in your cupboard because you don’t know what to do with it, you might want to give this recipe for quinoa fried rice a try. This time around I replaced half of the chicken broth with coconut milk and the flavor was outstanding.

Here is the recipe:

1 cup quinoa
1 cup lite coconut milk
1 cup chicken broth
1 small onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 tablespoon  minced ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup frozen peas
1 8oz can pineapple tidbits, drained
1 oz can sliced water chestnuts, chopped {optional}
1 teaspoon dried cilantro or 1/4 cup fresh, chopped
3 eggs
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil

frozen peas


Place the quinoa, coconut milk and chicken broth in a rice cooker and cook just as you would rice. If you do not have a rice cooker simply add the quinoa, coconut milk and chicken broth in a saucepan, bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook covered, until the liquid has been absorbed and quinoa is tender {about 20 minutes}.

While the quinoa is cooking, saute the onions and carrots together in olive oil until tender. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for about 1 minute. Add the frozen peas, pineapple, water chestnuts and cilantro cook 2 minutes.

Push the ingredients to the side, add the eggs to the center of the pan and scramble. Once the eggs are cooked, toss all the ingredients together and add lime juice and soy sauce. Serve warm.

Cooking With Quinoa: the Supergrain

Here are a few more of my favorites qunioa recipes:

Chicken, Quinoa, Taco Salad
Breakfast Quinoa with Cinnamon and Nutmeg
Quinoa with Dried Cranberries and Toasted Pecans
Grilled Chicken Kabobs with Spinach Quinoa
Quinoa Salad with Cranberries, Spinach and Feta

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  1. Debbie says

    I do have one of those big bags from Costco. We’ll have to give this recipe a try. I’ll replace the chicken broth with a vegetable broth so the Veggie Girl wil eat it.

  2. Vanessa says

    Another idea for quinoa:

    Grind some into flour and make pancakes. Here is the recipe I like to use:
    Mix together 2 eggs and 4 Tbsp sugar in a bowl. Add 2 Tbsp vanilla, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1 and a half cups milk. Stir. Add 1 and a half cups quinoa flour, 1 Tbsp baking powder, and 4 Tbsp of veg. oil. Cook on your griddle. This is a more crepe like pancake in that the batter is kind of runny and the pancakes are on the thin side.
    The original recipe is from my husband’s sweedish great grandmother. Growing up in his family, they always called them “Grandma Pancakes”. Of course she probably never used quinoa! These pancakes are great with plain old white flour too or, a combination of both.

  3. Dayla says

    OK, Mavis, my question has nothing to do with cooking…but rather gardening? I have spring fever….

    How do you keep your chickens out of the garden? We have 10 hens (I thought some of the chicks would be roosters, and our flock would downsize, but we ended up with 100% hens).

    This will be the first spring & summer of hens & raised garden beds…but how to I keep the hens from eating all the yummy plants??


    • Mavis says

      You are going to need a tall fence. Or one with bird netting over the top so the hens cannot fly over and snack on your vegetables. :)

  4. Joy says

    This sounds so great! When you say lite coconut milk, do you mean the kind in the can on the shelf or the kind in the cold carton? Thanks!

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