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Quinoa Fried ‘Rice’

Quinoa Fried Rice – This quick and easy veggie-packed quinoa stir fry recipe is perfect for a healthy lunch, dinner, or make-ahead meals! Ready and on the table in about 30 minutes!

top down view of vegetable quinoa fried rice in a blue and white bowl with items surrounding.

Vegetable quinoa fried ‘rice’ is a fantastic twist on a classic! Quinoa takes the place of rice in this classic Asian-inspired side dish.

This is one of those recipes that will make it into the meal rotation consistently. As I’m always looking for ways to make my dishes more nutrient-dense, this was a great recipe using quinoa in place of rice anding more protein and fiber.

Another reason quinoa is so great is that it comes out of the fridge the next day as well as it went in. And, it tastes just as good warm as it does cold. Unlike rice, that hardens and doesn’t reheat very well, at least for my liking.

Quinoa is, and always will be, a staple in my kitchen. And so will this quinoa fried ‘rice’!

top down view of ingredients used to make quinoa fried rice with vegetables.

Ingredient Notes

This quinoa fried rice with vegetables can go any way you like – add/subtract whatever you want – it’s my favorite kind of cooking.

Here is everything you will need, including substitutions ideas:

  • Quinoa – Use either white or tri-color quinoa.
  • Cabbage – Both green or napa cabbage will work well.
  • Carrot
  • Corn – You can use canned, fresh off the cob, or frozen.
  • Zucchini – Both zucchini or yellow squash can be used.
  • Green onion
  • Bell pepper – I used red, but orange or yellow are great too.
  • Mushrooms – Use shiitakes or cremeni for the most health benefits.
  • Sesame oil – Stick with regular sesame oil. If using dark (toasted), go easy since it’s flavor is much more robust.
  • Garlic powder – For ease garlic powder works great. But if you prefer using fresh, add it with the veggies.
  • Tamari – If you don’t have tamari on hand, other substitutes would be coconut aminos or soy sauce.
top down view showing the fresh veggies added to wok and ready to stir fry.

How To Make Quinoa Fried Rice

Making this quinoa and veggie recipe is easy as can be!

  • Cook your quinoa either on the stovetop or using this fail-proof Instant Pot Quinoa.
  • While the quinoa is cooking, prep the veggies.
top down view of stir fried vegetables for quinoa fried rice recipe in a wok.
  • Once the quinoa is about ready start stir-frying the vegetables.
top down view of quinoa added to stir fried veggies to make quinoa fried rice.
  • Add the cooked quinoa to the stir-fried vegetables.
top down view of freshly made quinoa fried rice in a wok with wooden spoon.
  • Mix together and continue cooking until warmed through and you’re done!
  • Season to taste with salt, a little sriracha or tamari.

And now you’re ready to dine!

I guarantee you will love this as much as I do. I can easily eat this to myself given the opportunity!

side angle view of freshly made quinoa fried rice in a wok.

How To Store Leftovers

  • Refrigerator: Leftovers will keep for 5 – 6 days in the refrigerator, stored in a covered container.
  • Freezer: This Quinoa Fried Rice is freezer friendly and freezes well for up to 2 – 3 months. To freeze, let cool completely and store in freezer safe containers (affiliate link), leaving 1/2 inch head space for expansion. You can also freeze larger portions in large ziplock bags (remove as much air as possible before zip locking). Let thaw before reheating.
  • Reheat: Simply re-warm on the stovetop over low heat until warmed through, adding a little tamari so it doesn’t stick to the pan. Alternatively, reheat in the microwave using 30 – 60 second intervals, stirring after each, until warm.
vegetable quinoa fried rice in a chinese take out box with items surrounding.

Serving Suggestions

This savory veggie and quinoa stir fry can be eaten solo or paired with another dish for a hearty meal. Here are a few of my favorite serving options:

side angle view of blue and white bowl with vegetable quinoa fried rice.

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If you try this quinoa fried rice recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.

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QUINOA FRIED RICE WITH VEGETABLES

Healthy Quinoa Fried Rice with vegetables is another wonderful use of quinoa replacing the traditional rice! Great alone or with crispy baked tofu.

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 – 6 1x
  • Category: Entree, Side
  • Method: stir-fry
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup dried quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 3/4 cups water or low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup corn
  • 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced (green and white parts)
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper (any color), cored and diced
  • 1/2 cup basil, chopped, optional
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons tamari, coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • 23 teaspoons garlic powder
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • sriracha hot sauce, red pepper flakes or dash of cayenne pepper, to taste

Instructions

Quinoa: Rinse your quinoa in a fine mesh sieve under cool running water. In medium sauce pan combine quinoa with 1 3/4 cups water or vegetable broth, bring to a boil, simmer covered for 15 minutes. Once done, remove cover and let set for another 10 minutes to soak up the excess water. Fluff with a fork and set aside. (Or use this fail-proof Instant Pot Quinoa recipe)

Veggies: In wok or large skillet, heat oil over medium high, add vegetables and stir fry for 1 minute or so. Add tamari, garlic powder and other seasonings to taste. Cook for another 3 – 4 minutes stirring occasionally, use a lid if needed to help soften the vegetables a bit.

Combine: Add in quinoa to the veggie mixture, turn heat to high, cook another 3 – 5 minutes stirring constantly adding a drizzle of oil if mixture seems too dry.

Serve warm. Top with a little sriracha or tamari if you like.

Serves 4 – 6

Notes

I added a few drops of sriracha while adding the garlic powder and tamari, a little goes a long way. This dish doesn’t need a lot of seasoning, I felt that the tamari alone would’ve been enough.

Feel free to use any assortment of vegetables, and be sure to use as much or as little as you like of each vegetable. Try snow peas, broccoli, sweet peas, bean sprouts and/or celery for variety. I always feel you can almost never have too many vegetables!

Use thawed frozen vegetables of choice for convenience.

Add some extra firm cubed tofu in with the vegetables for added protein.

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Updated: Quinoa Fried Rice was originally published in July 2012. It has been retested and updated with new photos and helpful tips in February 2020. Recipe has stayed the same and is still delicious!

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14 Comments

  1. Great dish! Cut up the veggies ahead of time and made the quinoa last night. Just heated up the quinoa in the microwave and stir fried the veggies and threw them together!
    Loved it!

  2. Definitely do not recommend adding ANY salt as the Tamari already has a ton!

  3. I love this recipe! It was easy to throw together at the end of the day and was very filling. Next time I want to throw in peanuts or cashews for some crunch. Thank you!

  4. Christine says:

    Can you freeze this dish?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Yes, you can freeze it! Let the cooked quinoa cool down completely, then transfer to a freezer containers or resealable plastic bag. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Great question, thanks for asking!

  5. Allison R. says:

    Really good! I used the veggies I had on hand, including cabbage, green onion, broccoli, cauliflower and frozen corn. I topped with peanuts to make extra delicious!

  6. Christiyana Georgieva says:

    This was super delicious and easy to prepare and take as packed lunch. Only I followed the quinoa/water proportion as written on that pack which was 1:5. I don't know if it's different by brand or something.

  7. sonworshiper says:

    wow! that was easy and yummy!!

    1. sonworshiper says:

      thanks for sharing all these great recipes!! this is definitely one of my favorites!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hi Julie, just wondering how many people this recipe serves? Definitely want to make this!! Thank-you!

  9. Wonderful this calls to you Angela, it really is delish ! Glad your finding my FB page useful too…it's a nice extension of this recipe blog and I enjoy sharing ideas as I know I have been so inspired by many of them myself ! Thank you for the nice compliment and your very welcome…it is my pleasure ! :)

  10. Angela @ Canned Time says:

    Julie, this looks perfect for me and I'll make it tonight for dinner! Thanks so much for all your great ideas and especially the information you post on FB. I've used so many of your charts and lists. Love seeing your ideas each day. Thanks so much!

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