Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms

Quinoa Stuffed Mushroom Bites |Gluten-Free | Queen of Quinoa

My favorite thing about quinoa, aside from the fact that it’s naturally gluten-free, is its versatility. Quinoa is not only incredibly healthy, but it absorbs flavors and morphs with ingredients, making it an excellent choice in a variety of recipes.

Traditionally, most people use quinoa in place of rice or other grains, as the base of their dish, but quinoa has so much more potential than that. It can be used in baked goods, in soups, salads and appetizers alike. Quinoa can be the star of the meal or simply the little gem that holds it all together. Still amazing in every capacity.

I’m from a big Italian family. We’re loud. We like to eat. We love red wine. And we love our gluten. And I used to be a part of that. But now that I’m happily gluten-free, I’ve worked to transform those recipes that bring a smile to my face and warm my heart, to be deliciously gluten-free.

Stuffed mushrooms have been a staple at my family’s dinner table for years. Served before one of our elaborate feasts, they’re the perfect little, pre-dinner bites. Usually made with bread crumbs, stuffed mushrooms are now one of my favorite things to make gluten-free (using quinoa of course!).

These quinoa stuffed mushrooms are filled with my favorite italian flavors: sweet shallots, fragrant garlic, salty capers and sharp goat cheese. Tossed with fresh basil and stuffed into mini crimini mushrooms, these appetizers will be sure to wow your house guests and mesmerize their Italian palettes.

Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms – Easy Eats Magazine

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 15 - 16 mushrooms

Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms – Easy Eats Magazine


  • 15 crimini mushrooms, stemmed
  • 1?3 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1?3 cup shredded sharp cheese (I chose goat)
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons capers, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and place the mushrooms, stem side up, and set the sheet aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat and saute the shallots, garlic and capers until fragrant, about 2 - 3 minutes.
  3. Add the cooked quinoa, sauteed vegetables and cheese to a mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Toss with the fresh basil and crushed red peppers. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spoon the mixture into each of the mushrooms, about 1 teaspoon into each (depending on the size). Bake in the center of a warmed oven until the mushrooms have softened and the topping begins to brown, about 20 - 25 minutes. Serve immediately.


This recipe is easily doubled (or even tripled) if you're feeding a crowd or taking them to a party.


  • http://www.itsaharleyyylife.com Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife

    I love stuffed mushrooms! Now this looks like a healthier version! yum! Congrats on the articles!

  • http://www.godairyfree.org Alisa

    Congratulations Alyssa! That is a great magazine, and wow do those mushrooms look amazing!!

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Thanks, Alisa :) xo!

  • http://www.flavourfiesta.com Divya

    Randomly came across your blog today and I’m glad I did. I’ve been a huge fan of quinoa lately and I’m always looking for new ideas. Great that you’re spreading the quinoa love!

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Welcome and so happy you found me :) xo!

  • http://Salootay.com Chris

    These look incredible. I cook with quinoa all the time and this is a great idea. I would love to share this recipe with the readers on my blog sometime at http://www.salootay.com.

    Thanks –


    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Thanks, Chris! Glad you like it :)

  • Nicky Jayne

    I have just been diagnosed with thyroid disease and advised to take a no gluten no soya diet to help with my symptoms.
    Spent hours looking through gluten free websites for recipes but all looked a little boring, came across your blog yesterday and thank goodness I did I love all your quinoa recipes and cannot wait to try them out for myself! starting with your quinoa and mushroom risotto mmmm!