Apr 27

Vegan Thai Fried Quinoa

I am on a bit of a quinoa kick. I suppose there are worse kicks to be on, right? A friend passed on a non-vegan recipe that looked awesome and very easy to veganize, so here is the final result.

This dish was amazing! I definitely consumed more than I should. Total time to cook/prep was 30 – 40 minutes.

Thai Fried Quinoa

For the quinoa:

1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained

1 cup coconut milk

1 cup vegetable stock

Bring stock and milk to near boil in pot on high heat. Add rinsed quinoa and drop temperature to low-medium (2 or 3 on my stovetop setting). Cook 20 minutes or so until grains are transparent and liquid is absorbed.

For the stirfry:

3 green onions, chopped (white and green)

1 Tbsp grated ginger (I used fresh but use tube stuff if you need)

2 tsp minced garlic

1 cups peas, frozen or fresh

1 pound firm or extra firm tofu, pressed and sliced

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

2 Tbsp soy sauce

1 Tbsp lime juice (or juice from 1/2 lime)

~ 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts (optional)

Using cooking spray or a drizzle of olive oil in wok, heat green onion, ginger and garlic over medium heat – 1minute while stirring so as to not burn garlic.

Add peas, tofu and cilantro. Let cook for 10-15 minutes. You want your tofu cooked through but it doesn’t need to be browned.

Add in cooked quinoa and mix thoroughly. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce and lime juice, and then drizzle over the stirfry. Stir to mix in. Sprinkle the peanuts on top and serve.


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  1. Dorothy

    So glad you liked it. I thought it was my favorite quinoa dish to date. So delish. The coconut milk wasn’t overpowering…but was subtle…so that made me happy because I’m not a big coconut milk fan.

    1. Michelle

      I feel the same way about coconut milk. I’ll definitely be making this again soon. I actually did another quinoa stirfry this afternoon and the huz got excited because he thought I had made this again.

      1. Dorothy

        I tried another variation using another recipe. I added curry powder to the quinoa while it was cooking. Someone had given me a link to a recipe for curry quinoa. While I was prepping, I decided to morph it into a thai fried quinoa type recipe but with curry added and leaving out the egg. It ended up being ok…I prefer the thai fried quinoa recipe on its own. Plus, add some Sirachi sauce on top and it is perfect.

        1. Michelle

          that sounds good. I’ll have to try a curry quinoa dish.

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