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Healthy Quinoa "Fried Rice" Skillet Recipe

Quinoa "fried rice", a variation on traditional fried rice, made with quinoa, onions, carrots, peas, eggs, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Try this skillet meal for your meal prep or a quick weeknight dinner.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Gabriella @ Nutritious Minimalist


  • 4 cups cooked and chilled quinoa
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil (can also use coconut or olive oil)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (yellow or red onion)
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (use tamari or coconut aminos if gluten-free)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


Cook the eggs

  •  Whisk the eggs in a small bowl. Heat one teaspoon of avocado oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the eggs. Use a spatula to gently stir the eggs until they are cooked through. Transfer the eggs to a plate, use the spatula to break up the cooked egg into small pieces, and then set aside.

Cook the vegetables

  • Heat two teaspoons of oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and carrot and cook for 5 minutes until they soften.  Add the peas, garlic, and ginger and cook another 2 minutes.

"Fry" the quinoa

  • Add 2 tablespoons of avocado oil to the skillet with the vegetables. Once the oil is heated, add the quinoa and soy sauce and stir to combine. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently to “fry” the quinoa. Add the sesame oil and cooked egg and stir for another minute to combine everything. Season with salt and pepper.