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This quinoa recipe is a quick and tasty take on Chinese fried rice. Quinoa makes a great substitute for rice in many recipes, especially quinoa fried “rice”. Quinoa is a complete protein, which makes this dish a complete meal, even if you leave out the egg–which is an easy way to make this a vegetarian recipe. Of course you can go the other route and throw in a little diced pork chop or ham if you like, but I’m quite happy with just a couple scrambled eggs thrown in. A printable copy of this recipe can be found at
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Quinoa Fried Rice Recipe
1 cup QUINOA (before cooking)
1 cup PEAS
1 CARROT (diced)
4-6 GREEN ONIONS (chopped, tops separate)
3-5 cloves GARLIC (finely chopped)
2 Tbsp GINGER (finely chopped)
HOT PEPPERS (as desired, finely chopped)
2 EGGS (scrambled)
2-3 Tbsp OIL for sautéing
SOY SAUCE as desired
SESAME OIL 1-2 tsp
SALT and PEPPER to taste

Quinoa Fried Rice Recipe
This is a great dish for leftover quinoa. The next time you’re making a pot of quinoa for another recipe, just make a little extra for this fried rice recipe knockoff! But if you don’t have any leftover cooked quinoa handy, just prepare this quinoa a little ahead of time to give it time to cool down–this will keep the quinoa from easily overcooking and becoming mushy.

Quinoa is easy to prepare–just like rice, in fact! Rinse the quinoa if needed (many brands come pre-rinsed). In a pot, add 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water. Bring the pot to a boil, reduce pot to a simmer, and then cover and let cook 13 minutes (this will result in slightly al-dente quinoa, which is what you want for frying). Remove the quinoa from the heat and let sit for 10 minutes.
Then fluff with a fork and allow to cool completely (salt if desired).

For fried rice, I like to scramble my eggs first and then set aside. I Use two eggs for this recipe, but feel free to use 1, or 3, or none if you want a vegetarian fried quinoa. Whisk the eggs (add a splash of milk if desired–makes scrambled eggs smoother). Heat oil in a skillet and quickly scramble eggs on med-high heat and then set aside for later.

In a large skillet, heat 2-3 Tbsp oil on medium.

Add raw, diced carrots (should be about pea size). Add chopped hot peppers, too–if desired. I like adding a little fresh red chili peppers for taste, but jalapenos would work just as well, or red pepper flakes, or even just a little sriracha later, if desired–or no heat at all–it’s up to your tastes; follow your heart, but spicy food is good for you, right?

Sauté the carrot and peppers for a minute and then add the ginger, garlic, and chopped green onion bottoms (reserve the chopped tops for a flavorful garnish).

Continue sautéing another minute and then add in the quinoa. Stir fry until heated through, this won’t take very long.

Add sesame oil and peas. I like to use frozen peas (thawed), because they hold their texture better than canned peas. Stir until mixed. Add soy sauce to taste. Add fish sauce if desired. The sauces will provide plenty of salt, but if you want a little black pepper, go ahead and throw that in now.

Mix up and then add the scrambled egg. Mix and fry for another minute and then remove from the heat.

That’s it.

This dish is ready pretty quick. Top the fried quinoa with chopped green onion, crushed peanuts, or both. Serve fried quinoa it’s own or with a veggie side (broccoli or bok choy or Thai eggplant are nice).

Give this Quinoa Fried Rice recipe a try and let me know what you think, and bon appétit!

The music is “Easy Jam” by Kevin MacLeod. Music track used with permission Creative Commons: By Attribution and found at this link:
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The music is “Cool Intro” by Kevin MacLeod. Music track used with permission Creative Commons: By Attribution and found at this link:
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Constance Zhang says:

Thanks! Thanks! Thanks!

Tahir Riaz says:

looks delicious even if u add boiled rice it will enhance the taste

Lynette Ling says:

Thanks. I am sure to give it a try.

Ioana Mari says:

Thank you very much 🙂🥰🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷

s5white says:

eating from the cooking spoon over and over :0/

gemma stone says:

The Bragg's alternative soy sauce is also a good healthy choice! Thanks for this recipe! Will be trying tonight =)

Abla D says:

Fun watching u cook. Defo trying this. Thanks

River flow 818 says:

Thanks for sharing, I will try it today, looks yummy and healthy 😊

Madelle Asia says:

Thanks for sharing this.

Angiejamu says:

This recipe is one of my favorite ones, my toddler also love it! I added some cooked chickpeas this time. Just pass by to say thank you!

876 Boss says:

I'm gonna cook that right now

Andrew says:

Great stuff Chef Buck. Really enjoy your vids and plan on making a lot of the quinoa recipes for sure.

Ann Peet says:

Looks yummy.

T Terry says:

Chef Buck I like you & your video👏🏾, good job, the only thing, I didn't like was you continually kept eating out of the skillet w/that cross-contaminated germy wood spoon, excuse me, IF that's how you normally eat out of a skillet on the stove.
sir, please fix a plate, stand or have a seat & enjoy your meal from a plate, not skillet on the stove, it was in such poor taste
IF you're going to eat, all I ask is would you please stop eating out of the skillet,
that's why I didn't subscribe yet,
man-thing or not?, It's poor etiquette & you had a guest? mother? sister? wife? daughter? friend? neighbor? whoever? However delicious or not Quinoa stir fry was, IF you must continually taste & eat out of the skillet, please use plastic throwaway spoons each time you go in for more. Hope you had common courtesy enough to fix guest's plate w/a clean spoon, before you dug in twice into that skillet again w/that same contaminated wood spoon,
but anyhow, time allowing & God is always willing I'm going to make your Quinoa stir fry today 2/4/20 thank you❤️and I'll be back to subscribe.. Peace

Denisse Villanueva says:

Nesty you taste with the same spon thay you are cooking? Very nesty

sylvia chittick says:

Looks delicious but you don’t taste the food with the spoon an put it back in the pot 🤮

robert wilson says:

Good demo very good cheers

Torria Beckmeyer says:

I just love you channel you need a cooking channel on TV great personality!

Moelove XO says:

Ooooweee sooo i have been trying my hardest to transition from black people food (african American and African) to “healthy” food but healthy food doesn’t taste good. However this right here changed the game for me thank you sooo much!!!

Pie Miller says:

That must be good because you used ginger and garlic Amy like a vegetables! That’s how I cook. I use garlic and ginger amount as much as the amount of my veggies.

Humam's funflight says:

Tasting with spoon and putting it back in the Recipe. Thats yucky. How can you do that.

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