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Quinoa Fried Rice: 30-Minute Vegetarian Dinner

Quinoa fried rice in a white bowl, plant in the background and red serviette
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Quinoa fried rice is a simple weekday dinner with a little twist, no rice but quinoa. Quinoa is a great source of protein and perfect for the lunch the next day. Packed with veggies and a delicious, it’s ready to put together.

To reduce the preparation time, I would suggest to cook 2 or 3 cups of quinoa and freeze it. Dinner will be ready in a gif and your future you will thank you. Cutting the carrots and the onions will be the only task that will long, If I may say.

Quinoa Fried Rice For My Quinoa Love

Blend of uncooked quinoa in a mason jar

I’m a quinoa lover and I have converted my kids also. I have popped quinoa for healthy snacks and I have stuffed portobello mushrooms. It’s a staple, I add it regularly to my lunch salads to bring to works and my kids ask for it too when they see me preparing it.

I buy a blend of white, red and black quinoa but you can certainly adapt with what you have on hand.

Easy Dinner & Perfect Leftovers

You can definitely add this one in your list of meals idea. It has not appeared in my #whatsfordinner section of my Instagram highlights yet but it has been on the menu.

I have broken down all the steps in the recipe and you get step-by-step pictures like you would if you order a meal kit. Ahah yes, I’m THAT good! Just kidding. Sort of, I’m really trying to make it easy for you.

Does not this make your life easier? I’m such a visual plus I eat with my eyes so I need to see my pretty food! LOOK AT THESE COLOURS, DON’T THEY LOOK DELICIOUS?

I’m not yelling, I’m exited. I love a pretty colourful plate!

Grab your knife and your cutting board, let’s cook!

To do your preparation, for the cubed carrots, I can help you here and to mince an onion, I made a tutorial here.

Quinoa Fried Rice: 30-Minute Vegetarian Dinner

Quinoa fried rice is a simple weekday dinner with a little twist. Quinoa is a great source of protein & perfect for the kids' lunch the next day. Packed with veggies and a delicious, it's ready to put together.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Keyword: caramelized onions, carrots, easy, eggs, fried rice, quinoa, vegetarian
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Mélanie


  • 2 eggs medium size, beaten
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 carrots cubed
  • 1 onion minced
  • 1 cup green peas frozen
  • 1/4 cup scallions chopped
  • 1 cup quinoa cooked
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar


  • In a hot pan, cook the eggs, scrambled. Set aside.
    Eggs cooked in a bowl and pan on the side
  • In the hot pan, pour the olive oil, the carrots, onions and garlic. Cook for 7-10 minutes on medium heat until the carrots are soft and onions golden.
    Cooked eggs in a bowl and a cutting board with carrots, onions and garlic
  • Add the peas and scallions. Stir together. Cook until the peas have soften. (3-4 minutes)
    Cooked carrots, onion, garlic in a pan and peas and scallions on the side
  • Add in the quinoa and mix. Cook one minute.
    Quinoa Fried Rice: Cooked veggies in the pan with cooked quinoa on the side.
  • Add the scrambled eggs.
    Quinoa Fried Rice: Cooked quinoa and veggies in a pan and cooked eggs on the side in a bowl
  • In a small ramekin, mix together the sesame oil, soy sauce, brown sugar. Add to the pan. Mix and cook for a minute.
    Cooked quinoa fried rice in a bowl and sauce on the side
  • It's ready to serve! Enjoy!
    Quinoa fried rice ready to be served in a pan

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