Quinoa Fried Rice

Quinoa Fried Rice

photo of Quinoa Fried Rice in a black skillet with chopsticks
This healthier fried rice is made with quinoa instead of white rice. It’s an easy, delicious and gluten free meal. And you get all the great nutritious benefits of eating quinoa.

Quinoa is gluten-free, packed with protein, high in fiber, high in antioxidants, high in iron, magnesium, along with many other health benefits.
overhead photo of Quinoa Fried Rice
I recently started really getting into eating quinoa. I’ve always preferred rice with a little texture, like brown rice, and quinoa has a very similar texture.

Because it is so similar to rice, it makes great fried rice. And you don’t have to use day-old quinoa like you use old rice for fried rice.

You can add as many vegetables or proteins as you want, but I just made my most basic fried rice with eggs, frozen peas, carrots and scallions.
photo of Quinoa Fried Rice in a bowl

Quinoa Fried Rice

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4
Fried rice is made healthier by swapping out rice with quinoa. It makes an easy and delicious gluten-free meal packed with all the nutritious benefits of quinoa.
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  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa cooked according to package instructions
  • 1 heaping cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 2-3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce or more as needed
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 green scallions thinly sliced


  1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions and then set aside. In a large skillet or wok, add olive oil and garlic. Bring pan to medium heat and cook until garlic starts to turn a light brown.
  2. Add in quinoa and frozen vegetables. Cook for 1-2 minutes in the hot oil, making sure to mix and stir so everything cooks evenly. Drizzle in sesame oil and soy sauce and stir to mix evenly. Move all ingredients to one side of the pan, leaving room in your pan to cook eggs. Add eggs to empty side of pan. As eggs are cooking, make swirling motion with your cooking utensil so that the eggs scramble as they cook. Once eggs are cooked, mix it with the other ingredients.
  3. Taste and add more seasoning as needed. You can add more soy sauce or salt and pepper. Toss in scallions right before you turn off heat. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Fried Rice
Amount Per Serving (0.25 of recipe)
Calories 291 Calories from Fat 120
% Daily Value*
Fat 13.3g20%
Saturated Fat 2.3g14%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7.1g
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 449.6mg20%
Carbohydrates 32.8g11%
Fiber 4.4g18%
Sugar 0.4g0%
Protein 11.4g23%
Vitamin A 750IU15%
Vitamin C 7.4mg9%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 2.9mg16%
Net Carbs 28g56%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.