Monday, March 05, 2012

Thai Fried Quinoa - 16/100

On Saturday I posted about how I've been craving coconut milk and Thai curries. The problem is whenever I attempt a Thai curry at home I end up being very disappointed with the flavours.

So when I found this recipe over at the Culinary Couple - it seemed like the perfect way appeasing my craving AND not having too high expectations for the magical mythical Thai curry of my dreams.
Here is what you're going to need:

1 cup quinoa (I used red...)
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup vegetable broth
1/3 cup chopped scallions - which of course I couldn't find, so I used a normal onion
1 tablespoon minced ginger
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup pineapple
1/4 cilantro chopped
2 tablespoons of lime juice
2 tablespoons of soy sauce

Now, we were not going to have this as a side dish but as our full and complete dinner so I wanted to beef it up a bit. As such, I included some finely sliced green bell pepper.  I also wanted to boost the cilantro flavour and so finely chopped the very lower stem of the cilantro as well as the leaves.

Step one - heat an empty medium sized pot, add the quinoa and let it fry for about 4 minutes - or until it smells nutty.  Then add your coconut milk and broth and bring to the boil. Once it has boiled, turn it down to low and cover the pot. Leave it alone until all the liquid is absorbed 15-20 minutes.

Step two - mince and chop all your veggies.

Step three - in a frying pan heat up some coconut oil (olive oil is perfectly acceptable, but I wanted a REALLY cocnutty flavour!). Once it's hot, add your minced ginger, garlic, and onion (and green pepper if using) to the pan.  Fry for 3-4 minutes until onion and pepper have softened.

Step four - Add in the stems from the cilantro. Let cook for another minute.  Add a cup of frozen peas, your pineapple chunks, and your chopped cilantro. Stir fry for another two minutes.

Step five - Add the quinoa to the pan (and be ye not as stupid as I, and use a frying pan that can handle the amount of quinoa that you've cooked), stir fry for another 2-3 minutes or until the quinoa has started turn a light golden colour.

Squeeze a lime over the top and add your soy sauce (or be like me and forget this step).


It was the exact right amount coconut and it was delicious.  If you're an egg eating type of person, like Inspector Climate, you could scramble an egg and eat it with your fried quinoa - I heard rave reviews on this variation.

This is recipe number 16 on my life list goal of cooking 100 new recipes (and posting them on the blog).

Is this something you'd make?


  1. Ooh, yum! I'd never thought of using quinoa in place of rice in a stirfry. Might have to give this a crack!!

  2. I am SUCH a Thia fanatic. I like it spicy. Like a scale from 1-10 I like it a 10 spicy ;) This looks yummy!

    - Sarah

  3. Looks yummy! Other than the cilantro. Which tastes like soap to me.

  4. This looks super yummy! I've never had Quinoa. I wonder if I can eat it. Hmm...

  5. mmmm, looks good. I've been looking for some recipes for quinoa and this one is perfect with the delicious flavors of coconut and pineapple!


  6. Thanks for leaving a comment to my blog! I really appreciate it.

    And this looks so delicious, I love Thai food! Definitely going to try it!

    With love, Kirsten

  7. I hear a lot about quinoa and I'm so curious to try it out. This one looks pretty amazing :) It's great that you are trying out new recipes.

  8. Ugh, I have STILL not tried quinoa- I am so ashamed! This is not something I would typically make but looks so good and I am in the mood to try something different! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Absolutely love Quinoa! Almost always have it with salads so it would be great to try your recipe! Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing x

  10. Wow. This looks so neat. I've never tried or made anything like this. Another reason to read blogs. You learn something new!

  11. I love anything that is thai inspired....looks delicious!

  12. So...quinoa does not have gluten? I read something somewhere that made me think it did!

  13. this looks uh-maze-ing! i love finding new recipes! most definitely will be trying this baby out!

  14. Wow! Definitely something I would make, being a vegetarian!

    Great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Oh yum! This is going on the rotation. I'll add tofu, though. And I think I will subtract the pineapple. I've got an issue with the inclusion of fruit in a savoury dish. Except the lime juice. That's ok.

  16. oh my goodness this looks amazing! all my favorite flavors combined!

  17. I'm going to make this tonight, not even joking. I have some tofu to use up--might throw it in with the quinoa to give it maximum flavor-soaking-up time.

  18. oh man this looks delicious!! I need to try itt!

  19. Oh my, I am now starving, salivating and DESPERATE for a Thai curry!

  20. oh this looks delicious. quinoa is amazing.

  21. E - It was. Oh, it was.

    Melbourne on my mind - YES, I use quinoa in the place of rice a lot.

    Sarah - Awesome, IC does not appreciate spicy things, so I always have to do things mild. very mild.

    The Zadge - I know this about you! In fact while I was writing this, I was all "The Zadge is not going to like this" I bet it would be yum with thai basil!

    Amanda - SO YUM.

    teachergirl blogs - I don't know why you couldn't it's a grain. Like rice. It just has a bit of nutty flavour but no actual nuts!

    Loulou - YES! It is really good. Quinoa is an awesome substitute for rice.

    cuppy kirsten - YAY tell me how it goes!

    Gracie - it is really yummy. And as someone who eats a lot of rice, I really appreciate the change of flavour and texture.

    Shalyn - let me know how it goes if you try it!

    Beth Dunn - Thank you!

    Strings and buttons - I should use it more in salads!!

    poptartyogini - Yes! It is so yummy - and really simple to make, which I appreciate.

    Neon Blonde runner - I totally dig it's thai roots - it's probably not totally authentic, but it's so yummy, I don't care!

    titleless blog - No, no gluten in Quinoa - well, at least it doesn't effect my tummy.

    Eliza Jane - Yay! let me know if you try it.

    Prixie - woo hoo! It's so good. And so easy.

    Belinda - Yay! I would've loved to add tofu - but I'm trying not to eat a lot of it, because it has a lot of hormones it ... and my body is whack enough without the additional hormones :)

    meme and he - the coconut milk is so delicious and makes it so creamy.

    Emily gigs - YAY! How'd it come out?

    Leslie - Definitely a good one for the rotation!

    Juliette - Quick! She needs thai curry stat!

    honey my heart - Yes, I love quinoa, it's so yum, and filled with an extra bit of protein which I appreciate.

  22. I'm not a big fan of coconut milk but that looks like it turned out really great!