{Recipe Files}: Shrimp Fried Quinoa

I always love fried rice--it's so yummy, and then you add in some protein like chicken or shrimp and it's even better. So when I found this recipe online with quinoa instead of rice, I knew I had to try it!
It's light, tasty, packed with protein, and really quick/easy to make!

What You Need:

-Shrimp (I used 1 pound), tail removed
-1 cup uncooked quinoa
-1 1/2 cups water
-1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
-ginger (I used a couple dashes of the powder)
-1 Tbsp olive oil
-1/4 small onion
-shredded carrots (I used about 1 cup)
-1/2 cup (or more) peas
-2 eggs, lightly beaten

For the sauce:
-1 1/2 Tbsp terriyaki sauce
-2 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce (reduced sodium)
-3/4 tsp sesame oil (you can use olive oil if you don't have sesame oil)

What You Do:
1. Rinse quinoa if it needs to be rinsed. Then bring the quinoa and water (or broth if you're using it) to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce to a simmer, season with salt, and cover. Follow cooking time for your quinoa in directions (usually about 15 minutes). Fluff with a fork when done.

2. Mix the teriyaki, soy sauce and sesame oil in a small bowl and set aside.

3. Heat 1/2 Tbsp olive oil in a frying pan over high heat. Add the onion and carrots and cook for about 2 minutes.
4. Add garlic and ginger to the pan, and cook another 2 minutes.

5. Add in the rest of the olive oil and the quinoa and stir-fry for about 2 minutes, then add in the sauce and continue to cook for another few minutes.
6. Make a well in the center of the quinoa and add the lightly beaten eggs to the middle. Let them cook up like scrambled eggs. (I kind of messed this step up, and it still came out ok)
7. Throw in the peas, mix all together, and serve!

Hope you enjoy!!
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  1. So shrimp is obviously not my favorite thing but fried quinoa has me very intrigued!!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  2. I like this instead of shrimp fried rice - gives it that healthy kick we all need! Sounds so good! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. oh that's interesting! Looks light and tasty!

  4. Intrigued indeed! This looks so yummy and flavorful Jenn! Thanks for a great new recipe to try! :) Happy Tuesday!!


  5. Okay if I do try quinoa for more than a quick taste I think this is definitely the one to try!

  6. My stomach no joke just growled. That looks so good and I love your quinoa substitute in there!

  7. I love anything with shrimp! So yummy!

  8. YUM!! We love Asian food in our house, but rice is so bad for you!! I want to try this immediately!

  9. Love your Asian inspired meals! Looks delish!

  10. This looks amazing, but unfortunately I'd have to swap out the shrimp for some good ol' fashioned chicken ;-)

  11. I wish I liked quinoa. I know it's healthy and good for you......although I'm sure this recipe would taste just as good with some rice!

  12. YUM! I'm a huge fan of shrimp fried rice, so I'm sure this healthier option is just as good (plus, no guilt!)


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