Quinoa fried rice is a healthier version of regular fried rice with a satisfying crunchy texture and tons of flavor. Make this yummy dinner with either tofu or chicken.
Do you know what's the worst? Soggy quinoa.
I'm here to solve that problem for you in two ways.
- Make quinoa in your Instant Pot. My Instant Pot quinoa recipe cooks quinoa perfectly every time, with fluffy, individual grains that have texture and flavor.
- Make Quinoa Fried Rice!
What I Love About This Recipe
- The texture of the quinoa is slightly crunchy (not soggy!)
- Veggies are fresh and crisp
- Tons of flavor
- Very versatile - add what your family loves!
- Healthy and satisfying
- Cooked quinoa
- Tofu OR chicken breast
- Bell pepper, onion and frozen peas
- Green onion, garlic, ginger
- Soy sauce, rice vinegar, maple syrup, oil
How to Cook Quinoa
As I said before, the easiest way to cook quinoa is in your Instant Pot. These days, that's how I cook it every time.
If you don't have an Instant Pot, you can make quinoa on the stove top. Combine 1 cup dry quinoa with 1 ¾ cups water and ¼ teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a very gently simmer and cover the pot. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir and fluff the quinoa. Let it sit for about 5 with a lid before serving.
How to Make Quinoa Crispy & Crunchy
- Don't cook quinoa in too much liquid. The 1:1 ratio for Instant Pot quinoa cooks quinoa perfectly, with individual grains that have texture and aren't mushy
- Cool the cooked quinoa completely before making fried rice. A quick way to cool grains is spreading them out on a sheet pan or plate.
- To make quinoa fried rice, use enough oil in a hot skillet
- Press the quinoa down in the skillet, against the hot pan
- Don't stir too much - let it get brown and crispy in the skillet. I usually fry the quinoa for 3 minutes, untouched, before stirring and frying it a few minutes more.
Variations - Use what you have!
Protein: Instead of tofu or chicken breast, you could use:
- Shrimp (saute or broil it separately before adding to the fried rice)
- Salmon (flake leftover, cooked salmon into the quinoa fried rice or try this teriyaki salmon recipe)
- Leftover, cooked meat like pork or beef (chop it up and warm it in a saute pan)
- Cooked ham, sausage or bacon
Veggies: Instead of, or in addition to bell pepper and onion, you could use:
- Steamed broccoli (chopped up)
- Any assortment of leftover roasted vegetables
- Grated or thinly sliced carrot
- Baby spinach or kale
Like most stir-fry recipes, you'll need to prep all your ingredients and have them within reach at the stove. Then, you'll quickly cook and combine the protein, veggies, quinoa and flavorful sauce.
- Cook your protein, by briefly sautéing tofu or cut up chicken breast
- Briefly saute the veggies with green onion, garlic and ginger
- Heat and crisp up the quinoa in a pan with oil
- Add scrambled eggs
- Combine quinoa, eggs, veggies and protein
- Pour the sauce on top
More Quinoa Recipes
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- How to Cook Barley
- How to Cook Farro
- How to Cook Red Lentils
- Instant Pot Pinto Beans
- Instant Pot Black Beans
- Instant Pot White Beans
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