My love for fried rice only truly began when I started making it with quinoa. Before I was gluten-free and we'd order Chinese food, which I have to admit was quite rare, my go-to was chicken & broccoli with white rice.
That's the only thing I ordered. Ever.
But as hard as I've tried I just haven't been able to recreate that awesomeness. It's the broccoli that soaks up all the sauce and is all juicy when you take a bite. It's pure heaven (in a totally unhealthy and MSG filled way).
So I've had to branch out and start trying new dishes to get that Chinese food fix.
Now I'll admit, I haven't tried all that hard to recreate the chicken and broccoli dish (I promise now I'm going to!), but everything I make never matches up to the Chinese takeout I remember.
Until now at least.
Yes, yes and yes.
Fried rice is a simple concept really – it's basically just a glorified stir-fry, just with less veggies. You toss everything in a wok (or skillet if you're like me), season with a little soy sauce, add some frozen veggies, a protein (or not), and scrambled egg.
Dinner is ready in t-minus 15 minutes.
But the real question for me was: how do I make this tasty meal actually nutritious without sacrificing on the flavor of this takeout staple?
I'll give you one guess where my mind went….quinoa!
I have a new favorite in the easy quinoa recipe department. And quinoa fried rice is totally it.
This recipe literally comes together in less than 15 minutes and tastes better than anything that gets delivered to your door in a white cardboard box. In fact, I'd say you'd spend more time trying to trying to decide what the healthiest option on the menu is than you would whipping up this meal.
And guess what? I bet, other than the pork (which you could totally leave out), everything you need for this dish is in your pantry right now.
This quinoa fried rice not only makes a great weeknight meal, but it also makes delicious leftovers so you can take them to work or pack them in your kids lunchboxes for school the next day. An allergy-friendly meal that's simple and delicious!
Quinoa Fried Rice with Pork
- 1 lb ground pork
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups cooked quinoa
- 2 cups frozen vegetable mixture
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce or coconut aminos
- 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- Heat sesame oil over medium-high heat. Add pork and cook until browned, about 3 minutes. Transfer to plate and return skillet to stove.
- Add egg, swirl around to cover bottom and let cook for 30 seconds until edges have started to brown and you can lift away from the pan. Flip egg and cook until no longer runny. Transfer to a cutting board and chop into 1/2" pieces.
- Return pork to skillet, add quinoa and frozen vegetables. Mix in sauces and ginger, and toss until warmed and vegetables are no longer frozen. Add eggs and toss to combine.
- Serve immediately.
15 comments on “Quinoa Fried Rice with Pork”
this sounds great, I have already experimented with rice dishes substituting quinoa. Soy is overprocessed and not healthy, rice contains harmful amounts of arsenic!
Completely agree! Glad you like the sounds of it 🙂 Would love to hear what you think if you try it!
No rice ?
I saw this recipe and immediately had to try it: it was totally delicious, thanks for the great tip!
So glad you enjoyed it! Definitely one of my new faves as well 🙂
Omg! Words cant describe how much I love this recipe! I changed the meat to ground chicken breast as I don’t like pork unless its bacon or ham lol I cooked the quinoa in my rice cooker which cooked it to perfection. This is so much better than one using rice
YAY!! thank you so much for sharing! I’m thrilled to hear you liked it 🙂 xo
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Fried rice pork is the best. Yum!
I would like to know what sriracha sauce is, and where can I get it. Can I use a substitute?
Sriracha sauce is a spicy chili sauce that’s used in lots of Asian meals. You can definitely use a substitute, any hot sauce should do, but if you’re using something like Tobasco, just be aware that the flavor might change. You also don’t have to use any hot sauce if you don’t like; it’s more for an added kick than anything else!
This is really fabulous! I didnt have any pork so used mussels. WOW! Yummy. My husband said I was “Spectacular” after tasting this.I don’t feel heavy like I do when eating regular fried rice and I know I’m getting a lot more from the quinoa than I would from rice.
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This was disappointing and bland.
Sorry you felt that way!