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Vegetarian Quinoa Fried Rice (Easy and Healthy Recipe!)

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This Vegetarian Quinoa Fried Rice recipe is a healthy spin on a takeout favorite. It makes a quick, flavorful, and protein-packed main or side dish. Learn how to make homemade quinoa fried rice from scratch with this easy recipe that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Overhead view of two bowls of Vegetarian Quinoa Fried Rice on a dark background with chopsticks on the side.

This 30-minute quinoa fried rice recipe is one you need to add to your regular dinner rotation. It is so simple to make and uses common ingredients that you probably already have on hand in your kitchen. You will love this recipe because it has all of the delicious flavor of traditional fried rice, but gets a boost of protein and nutrition by substituting quinoa for rice.

Health Benefits of Quinoa

Quinoa is a gluten-free, grain-like seed that is originally from South America. Quinoa is a good source of a number of important nutrients, including folate, magnesium, zinc, and iron. It is also rich in fiber and protein, which are nutrients that play an important role in helping you feel full (source).

Quinoa does not take very long to prepare and can be easily to added salads, soups, or stews. In addition, it can replace rice or pasta as a side dish. You can find quinoa in the natural food section at the supermarket or online. 

Vegetarian Quinoa Fried Rice Ingredients

Before we get to the recipe, let’s talk ingredients. To make homemade quinoa fried rice, you will need:

  • Quinoa: This serves as the nutrient-dense, protein-rich base for this dish. I’ve linked my favorite brand of quinoa in the recipe card below.
  • Yellow onions, carrots, and peas: This is the mix of vegetables that I used to make this recipe, but feel free to substitute any other stir-fry vegetables you have on hand.
  • Garlic, ginger, and green onions: These three ingredients are collectively known as the holy trinity of Chinese cuisine. They are used to build a solid foundation of flavors and aromas in Chinese-style meals.
  • Eggs: These add a good dose of protein, as well as flavor and texture. If possible, you should use organic, pasture-raised eggs for maximum health benefits.
  • Sesame oil: This is the cooking oil used for this recipe. It adds a wonderfully nutty flavor and aroma to this dish as well.
  • Tamari: This condiment forms the base of the quinoa’s savory flavor. Tamari is essentially gluten-free soy sauce. I recommend always purchasing high-quality organic tamari and soy sauce. Soybeans are one of the top GMO and pesticide-laden crops, so it’s worth spending the extra money on organic.
  • Sriracha: This spicy sauce adds a good amount of heat, without overpowering the rest of the flavors in the dish.

See the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Close-up overhead view of a bowl of Vegetarian Quinoa Fried Rice on a dark background with chopsticks on the side.

How to Make Vegetarian Quinoa Fried Rice

This dish is prepared in stages, so that everything gets cooked to perfection. Here are the basic steps to make this easy quinoa fried rice recipe:

  1. Cook the quinoa: Begin by cooking your quinoa in a saucepan. To cook quinoa, just remember this simple ratio: 1 cup quinoa to 2 parts liquid. For the liquid in this recipe I used water, but you can also use chicken or vegetable broth to add an extra layer of flavor.
  2. Sauté the eggs: Next, scramble the eggs in some sesame oil in a frying pan and then set them aside once they are done cooking. This is done so that they don’t overcook while the rest of the ingredients are in the pan.
  3. Stir-fry the veggies: In the same pan, sauté the vegetables and aromatics until tender.
  4. Add the quinoa and sauces: Add the cooked quinoa, tamari, and Sriracha. Stir-fry the mixture for a couple minutes. 
  5. Garnish and serve: Finally, add your eggs back to the pan. Sprinkle your freshly-made quinoa fried rice with sliced green onions. Dinner is served!

That’s it! Now you can skip the takeout and whip up a fast and fresh recipe for quinoa fried rice in just 30 minutes. Full instructions are included in the recipe card below, as always.

More Easy Quinoa Recipes

Craving more delicious and wholesome quinoa recipes? Here are some more tasty, nourishing, and simple quinoa recipes that you will love:

If you make this Vegetarian Quinoa Fried Rice recipe, let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating ★ below, because I love hearing from you! ♡

Vegetarian Quinoa Fried Rice (Easy and Healthy Recipe!)

Overhead view of two bowls of Vegetarian Quinoa Fried Rice on a dark background with chopsticks on the side.
This Vegetarian Quinoa Fried Rice recipe is a healthy spin on a takeout favorite. It makes a quick, easy, and protein-packed meal.
Alia Kay
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main, Side
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 298 calories


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced


  • Add the quinoa and water to a saucepan, then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Remove the quinoa from the heat and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add the eggs and scramble constantly until cooked through. Transfer the eggs to a separate plate.
  • Heat the remaining tablespoon of sesame oil in the skillet. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, carrots, and peas and cook for 5 minutes until softened.
  • Add the cooked quinoa, tamari, and Sriracha. Stir-fry the mixture for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the eggs back to the pan and stir until combined. Sprinkle with green onions and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Vegetarian Quinoa Fried Rice (Easy and Healthy Recipe!)
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to five days or in the freezer for up to three months.
Keyword Fried Quinoa, Quinoa Fried Rice, Vegetarian Quinoa Fried Rice

This post was originally published on November 24, 2017. It has been updated throughout to include new information and helpful content.

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  1. 5 stars
    I am a vegetarian and look for easy ways to incorporate quinoa into my diet. This quinoa fried rice recipe looks like a perfect meal! Simple, filling, and delicious, not to mention high in protein!

    1. Hi Deepika, I didn’t know you are a vegetarian! I should think of some more meat-free recipes for you. Yes, I love this recipe, because it fills you up and is loaded with healthy ingredients! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    This is totally my kind of dish! My kids would love it too – an easy and yummy way to sneak in those healthy things. It looks delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    How awesome! I love quinoa but never thought to make it into fried rice! And I LOVE me some fried rice. This recipe will be perfect for me because I have quinoa sitting in my pantry, waiting to be used up! Yay, I love this idea. 🙂

    1. Hey Christina! Thanks so much! ♥ It’s a good dish to make because using quinoa instead of rice gives it a good punch of protein, so it keeps you feeling full for longer! I hope you get a chance to try it sometime! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Oh yum Alia, this looks so delicious…and so much healthier than using regular rice. It will really make a great lunch. I am going to love to try this out.

  5. 5 stars
    Alia – what a great recipe! I love quinoa, and this dish sounds so delicious! I’m glad to have a substitute for white rice in a dish, I just feel it’s a bit healthier! Thanks. Will pin this one for sure!

  6. 5 stars
    I love this dish so much! It’s nice when we can take advantage of leftovers, such an ideal meal night. 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    Taught my granddaughter this recipe to teach her how to read a recipe and cook it. Came out delicious. Thank you, Alia!

  8. 5 stars
    Great! I just finished it last night and the result was unexpected, my wife and daughter both liked it, which made me happy. Thanks for your recipe!