If you love my classic Fried Rice, you have to try it with quinoa! It has a healthy twist but still packs all the flavors of a classic fried rice. Delicious and crunchy veggies are added in for flavor and brightness as well as all the usual suspects of a flavorful fried rice dish!

I love giving traditional Chinese recipes my modern twist. I will guarantee you that you won’t be able to order this dish in China, but it is so delicious, easy to whip up, and makes a healthier side dish.

Ingredients for Quinoa Fried “Rice”

Cooked Quinoa: My favorite way to cook quinoa is to use the rice cooker. If you have leftover quinoa in hand, cooled-down quinoa works perfectly for this recipe. It makes them more crispy during the stir-frying process.

Eggs: Here is the secret and art of how to cook real authentic fried rice. Of course this stir fried quinoa is not authentic Chinese, but using this method will ensure you to have the most flavorful, crispy golden brown fried “rice”.

Coconut Aminos: This is a great alternative to soy sauce if you are staying gluten free or soy free. Coconut aminos is slightly sweeter than regular soy sauce and not as salty. It is so good in Asian dishes, it adds such a a great umami flavor.

Scallions: Added for a pop of color and CRUNCH. Scallions have a great flavor profile that is subtle but still recognizable throughout the dish.

Carrots and Peas: You can use fresh or frozen veggies in a bag for convenience, remember, we are about keeping things accessible and simple here at SKS.

How To Make Quinoa Fried “Rice”

Now cook up the mixed-ins for the fried “quinoa”.

Level Up the Quinoa Fried “Rice”

Tofu: A fun way to get some added protein while keeping the dish vegan and plant based. I love tofu, especially when made in the air fryer. Try out my Crispy Air Fryer Tofu if you want to add a fun crunch to your quinoa fried rice!

Seafood like Shrimp or Salmon: Serve your quinoa fried rice with a beautifully cooked cut of salmon or a serving of savory, plump shrimp. My Honey Garlic Air Fryer Salmon recipe would go wonderfully with this fried rice quinoa dish.

Chicken, Beef or Pork: Chicken thighs or cubed up cooked chicken breast would also be a great way to add in some extra protein to your meal. I personally love my Chinese Garlic Chicken, it is so easy to make and it adds an extra pop of flavor to this already scrumptious dish.

How to Store Your Quinoa Fried “Rice”

You can store your fried quinoa rice in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

You can even freeze it too. I learned this meal prep trick from my mom but you can freeze them in blocks to have individual servings of quinoa fried rice.

You simply heat it up in the microwave or heat it up in a pan with a little bit of oil.

I love meal prepping a big batch of simple quinoa fried “rice” without any added protein to it. When I am ready to reheat them, I add leftover tofu, chicken or shrimp to it.

Let me know what your favorite Asian recipe is in the comments! 


Get the recipe:Quinoa Fried “Rice”

A unique twist on my classic fried rice – using quinoa as the main ingredient. It still packs up all the flavors from the traditional recipe, but now made even healthier.
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  • 1.5 cup cooked quinoa, *
  • 1 stalk green onion
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2 eggs



  • You will want to begin by chopping your onion, and carrots, along with gathering your other frozen veggies. Then, set aside.

Fried Rice

  • Begin by cooking quinoa or you can use leftover quinoa on hand.
  • Next, separate your yolk and egg white. You will add the yolk to the cooked quinoa, and keep the egg white in a separate little bowl.
  • Mix the yolk and rice until well combined, and there is a thin layer of yolk on all of the quinoa.
  • Now, you will want to begin heating oil in a hot pan. Once the oil is hot, add the egg white and cook until it is done. Remove from the heat, and set aside.
  • In the same pan, add the green onion and cook until fragrant. Then, add in the carrots and peas. Cook until slightly tender.
  • Push the veggies to the side, and add the yolk-y quinoa to the pan. Stir everything together and then add in the coconut aminos and onion powder.
  • Lastly, add in the egg white, and add salt to taste, stir well, and serve!


For best result, leftover (cooled or chilled) quinoa and get more crispy during the stir-frying process.

The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.