Quinoa Fried Rice


Great side dish and substitute for fried rice.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 50 mins
6 servings



  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 cup quinoa

  • salt to taste


  • 2 ½ tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 ½ tablespoons teriyaki sauce

  • ¾ teaspoon sesame oil

Fried Quinoa:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided

  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped

  • ¼ onion, chopped

  • 3 scallions, chopped, divided

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • ½ cup frozen peas


  1. Bring water and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan; season with salt. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and let sit for 5 minutes; fluff quinoa with a fork. Refrigerate until cool, 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Mix soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, and sesame oil together in a bowl until sauce is evenly mixed.

  3. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over high heat; saute carrots and onion for 2 minutes. Add 2 scallions, garlic, and ginger; saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes more. Add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and quinoa; cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.

  4. Stir sauce into quinoa mixture; cook and stir until evenly coated, about 2 minutes.

  5. Make well in the center of the quinoa mixture. Pour eggs into the well; cook and stir until eggs are scrambled and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Add peas and cook until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Add remaining scallion.

Cook's Note:

Low-sodium chicken broth can be substituted for water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

189 Calories
6g Fat
26g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 189
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 607mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 6mg 32%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 344mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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