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December 15, 2021

by Alyssa

10-Minute Garlic + Herb Mushroom Quinoa

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This healthy garlic and herb Mushroom Quinoa takes less than 10 minutes and uses seven ingredients. A quick and easy vegan side dish for any entree. 

plate of mushroom herb quinoa

I absolutely love mushrooms, but sometimes can't figure out how to cook with them. They have a uniquely meaty flavor that's great for vegan and vegetarian cooking.

Since I hate having half-empty boxes of mushrooms in my fridge, decided to make this mushroom herb quinoa to create a simple go-to recipe that I can use on repeat.

The result is a super easy and quick way to use mushrooms in a nutritious and delicious meal. I give you: my 10-minute garlic + herb mushroom quinoa!

skillet with mushroom quinoa topped with herbs

How to Make Garlic Mushroom Quinoa

You'll need one skillet, seven ingredients and 10 minutes to put this dish together. Note that this quinoa recipe starts with already cooked grains. I always have some quinoa in the fridge, but if you need to whip some up, add about 15 minutes to the cooking time. Here are my tips for making perfect quinoa on the stove.

ingredients for quinoa with mushrooms and garlic


Once your quinoa is ready, here's what else you need to make this herby quinoa pilaf:

  • Olive oil. You can also use butter or coconut oil if you prefer to saute the aromatics and mushrooms.
  • Mushrooms. You can use any kind you like. I like baby bella, shiitake or cremini mushrooms for this recipe.
  • Shallot. You could also use a white or red onion if you prefer.
  • Garlic. I like to load up on flavor in this grain side dish by adding four cloves garlic to the pot.
  • Parsley. You could also use another herb like tarragon, rosemary or basil if you prefer.

plate of mushroom quinoa with a spoon

Adding Protein

As-is, the quinoa dish makes a fantastic side dish. You can also bulk it up in a stand-alone meal with some simple protein toppers like:

plate of mushroom herb quiona with garlic


This dish has a subtle flavor, so you're welcome to add extra veggies or other ingredients to mix things up. Here are some healthy and simple ways to punch of the flavor and nutrition in this dish:

  • Use vegetable broth or chicken broth instead of water to flavor your grains
  • Add fresh spinach or chopped kale to the quinoa just before it's done cooking
  • Stir in lemon juice or vinegar to add a touch of acid at the end of the cooking process.
  • Add red or yellow bell peppers to the mushrooms when you saute for extra color

close up on mushroom herb quinoa with garlic

Storage Suggestions

If you have leftover quinoa, pack it into an airtight container. Leftovers will keep for three to four days in the refrigerator. You can reheat them in the microwave or on the stove. If necessary, add a splash of water or broth/stock if things look dry when you're reheating.

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10-Minute Garlic + Herb Mushroom Quinoa

A super easy, super simple, super quick way to use mushrooms and create a nutritious and delicious meal.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 112kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
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plate of mushroom quinoa with a spoon
4.91 from 11 votes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups mushrooms sliced thin (any variety)
  • 1 small shallot diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • Salt + pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley


  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms, shallot and garlic and sauté until mushrooms have softened and are starting to brown, about 3 - 5 minutes.
    collage of skillet with mushrooms, garlic and shallots
  • Add quinoa and cook until heated through, another 1 - 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat. Stir in parsley and serve immediately.
    skillet stirring quinoa and mushrooms with a wooden spoon


To make this a heartier dish, feel free to stir in some grilled chicken or a can of chickpeas.


Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 308mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 8.6mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1.5mg

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  5. I love how simple this is! I always like to buy mushrooms, too, then am stumped with what to do with them. This is perfect!

  6. So, I was curious how long quinoa “should” (I’m sure it would be okay longer?) be kept in the fridge, and googled it and found this: http://www.eatbydate.com/grains/quinoa/ Just in case anyone else was wondering as well. I also have cooked up mass amounts and frozen it and it doesn’t taste any different from what I can tell!

    • I agree with their shelf life on uncooked quinoa. For cooked, I usually don’t keep it for more that 4 – 5 days. I also freeze big batches so that I have it on hand whenever I need it! AND if I have stuff that I’m not going to use, I’ll sometimes turn it into crispies too 🙂 xo!


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