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10 Minute Vegetable Quinoa “Fried Rice”

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

This super easy vegetable quinoa fried rice takes less than 10 minutes to make and uses only 7 ingredients. It's vegetarian and gluten-free too!

Super Easy Vegetable Quinoa Fried Rice that's made in less than 10 minutes and uses only 8 ingredients! (it's also gluten-free + vegetarian)

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Do you know what could better than a big old bowl of quinoa fried rice? A big old bowl of quinoa fried rice that comes together in UNDER 10 minutes!

Fact: fried rice used to be one of my guiltiest pleasures. It’s one of those dishes that I always use to order whenever we got Chinese takeout (alongside a little lo mein, of course) and still crave pretty much all the time. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, what season it is or what mood I’m in, fried rice (well errr…quinoa) always hits the spot.

But as someone who's gluten-free, I’m sure you know there aren’t many Chinese takeout joints that make a mean gluten-free fried rice. Well, at least in my hood. And that is where the problem lies my friend.

Can’t eat gluten? Can’t eat fried rice. Dang it.

UNTIL NOW!

This 10-Minute Quinoa Fried Rice is AMAZING and EASY! It only uses 7 ingredients and is gluten-free and vegetarian too

Tricked ya there didn’t I?

Okay, okay, I have a feeling you knew that line was coming, but building up the anticipation for this insanely delicious dish just has to happen. Especially since we’ve been making a big batch of it every few days and are totally obsessed. (yes, it’s good enough to eat pretty much every day and no, I’m not in a food rut. *wink*)  

Oh and did I mention that it comes together in less than 10 minutes? I even timed myself to make sure.

How to make quinoa fried rice in UNDER 10 minutes!

After pushing “start”, I let the sesame oil and garlic heat up in the pan and let them cook until the aromas filled my entire apartment (don’t worry that only took about 30 seconds…hello, NYC living!). Then threw in the quinoa and veggies, and let those start to soften and get all covered in the sesame-garlic flavors. At this point we’re at about minute 3. Then it was in with the eggs, which I cracked directly in the pan after I pushed the quinoa-veggie mixture off to the side, quickly scrambled with a fork, then mixed with the quinoa and veggies. Pour your soy sauce over the pan, add you ginger and give it a gentle toss. Take a taste, adjust your seasonings accordingly and stop. that. timer!

From start to finish it took me 7:32 seconds to make.

BOOM.

Super Easy Vegetable Quinoa Fried Rice that's made in less than 10 minutes and uses only 7 ingredients! (it's also gluten-free + vegetarian)

Under 10 minutes…but what else does this dish have going for it? How about the fact that it only uses 7 ingredients!? Do you love it yet?

All you’ll need to make these bowls of deliciousness are quinoa, veggies, eggs, garlic, toasted sesame oil (or coconut oil if you prefer), gluten-free soy sauce and ginger. THAT’S IT.

I know it sounds overly simplified, and perhaps you’re even a bit skeptical that we’ll actually be able recreate that takeout staple with such ease, but really, it tastes better than that stuff that comes in the white carton…I pinky promise. 

Super Easy Vegetable Quinoa Fried Rice that's made in less than 10 minutes and uses only 7 ingredients! (it's also gluten-free + vegetarian)

Just a few simple tricks to the keep the cook time under 10 minutes:

  1. pre-cooked quinoa
  2. frozen veggies

You probably already know this about me, but I make a big batch of quinoa on Sundays to keep for the week. Even though I recipe test all week, I still like to have some quinoa on hand to toss it into my salads at lunch, have for a quick breakfast, or even a dinner when I don’t feel like having leftovers. I usually cook 1 – 2 cups of quinoa, which will yield about 3 – 6 cups of cooked quinoa. It might seem like a lot, but for someone who eats quinoa every single day (at almost every meal!), it never goes to waste.

And while I don’t eat frozen veggies often, they do come in handy for the times when I need something fast and don’t feel like spending time chopping and cooking. When I do purchase frozen veggies, I ALWAYS make sure that they are organic. They’re not too much more expensive than conventional and so much better for you. This bag is from Whole Foods and it’s just their Mixed Vegetable option, but really you can use whatever combination of veggies you like. Use what you have on hand or just pick up whatever’s on sale when you go to the store next. As long as there’s some sort of veggie in here, the recipe will be perfect.

Super Easy Vegetable Quinoa Fried Rice that's made in less than 10 minutes and uses only 8 ingredients! (it's also gluten-free + vegetarian)

Now I think it's about time we get to eating, don't you? Good. Grab a bowl and let's dig in.

Enjoy!

xx Alyssa

Super Easy Vegetable Quinoa Fried Rice that's made in less than 10 minutes and uses only 8 ingredients! (it's also gluten-free + vegetarian)
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10 Minute Vegetable Quinoa “Fried Rice”

Adapted from my Quinoa Fried Rice with Pork
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword 10 minute recipe
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 307 kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil and garlic in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat, stirring until fragrant about 30 seconds.
  2. Add quinoa and veggies and cook until starting to soften and coated in flavoring, about 2 minutes. Push this mixture to the side of the pan and crack both eggs directly into the hot skillet. Scramble with a fork until cooked through. Stir into quinoa-veggie mixture.
  3. Pour soy sauce over pan, sprinkle with ginger and toss to combine, cooking for another minute or two until nice and hot. Taste and adjust seasonings accordingly.
  4. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
10 Minute Vegetable Quinoa “Fried Rice”
Amount Per Serving
Calories 307 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 361mg 15%
Potassium 523mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 1g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 117.5%
Vitamin C 14.6%
Calcium 6.4%
Iron 20.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. HI,ALYSSA
    I am very impress with your recipe, I going to try it , because I have blood sugar which constantly rise, but last month it was 6.6, I think this will help me to tone down my body thnks.

  2. Hi,

    I have been reading on some websites that sesame oil cannot be heated.
    Do you know about this? It is always the same issue, I never know what oil to use (coconut oil is quite expensive) when I am making stir fry, etc.

    Thank you !

  3. This recipe was amazing! I couldn’t find true mixed vegetables that had corn in them so I used a mix of peas and carrots. I was convinced that I didn’t like peas, because well, they’re peas but in this dish, they were great. Will be making again soon!

  4. So delicious….thanks Alyssa! I’ll be making this more often…I also added some green onions I had on hand.

    I tell so many people about your site….you helped me to lose 20 lbs since the end of January just by eating your recipes! Keep doing what you’re doing! : – )

  5. Every single recipe of yours looks amazing Alyssa! I particularly love how quick and easy this dish is…thanks for sharing!

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