Quinoa Fried Rice is the perfect simple and easy weeknight side dish. Best of all, instructions included to make it in your Instant Pot pressure cooker or on the stove!
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Fried rice is one of those things that shows up regularly around our house. It’s super simple and you can make it with just about anything you have on hand. Plus it makes the perfect base for cleaning out the fridge with those odds and ends.
I am a big quinoa fan, so every so often, I love swapping out the rice for quinoa instead.
Now I know there are tons of recipes out there for Quinoa “Fried Rice” and today’s recipe is just a variation of my favorite fried rice recipe.
Plus, this one has directions for making it on the stove or in an Instant Pot.
Do you guys have one? It seems to be all the rage right now. We just couldn’t resist and ordered one on Amazon on Black Friday to see what all of the fuss is about and after testing it out for a few months, I’m excited to start sharing more Instant Pot recipes here.
It’s basically a 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker – a pressure Cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer and warmer, and it sautés and browns.
As much as I love my slow cooker, I have to say I am already smitten with all those features about the Instant Pot. I love that you can sauté the food in the same pot prior to slow cooking or using the pressure cooker. I mean it can cook chicken in 25 minutes, which is much faster than a slow cooker.
And the best part? You can probably adapt almost any slow cooker recipe and make it in an Instant Pot.
Anyway, if you have an Instant Pot and are looking for more recipes to make in it, this Quinoa Fried Rice is an easy recipe to start with.
Leftover chilled quinoa would be ideal for this recipe but you can also make it the same day using the Instant Pot.
Some quinoa brands have a bitter-tasting coating so I usually like to rinse it under cold running water before cooking it. Use a fine mesh strainer to keep the tiny seeds from falling out while rinsing.
To cook the quinoa in the Instant Pot, you’ll need:
- 1 part water
- 1 part quinoa
- cook for 1 minute at high pressure
Allow for a natural pressure release of at least 15 minutes, and you’ll have perfect quinoa! If you plan to make Quinoa Fried Rice on the same day, simply spread the freshly made quinoa out on a baking tray and place it in the freezer for 15 minutes.
To get started on the Quinoa Fried Rice, you’ll need to heat the unit up.
Just press the SAUTE button and heat up the sesame oil. Add garlic, ginger and onions and cook for about 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
Add the mixed vegetables and cook for another minute. Push all the ingredients to one side and add the beaten egg and stir and scramble for another minute. Stir in the quinoa and other seasonings once the egg is mostly cooked.
This quinoa fried rice is a healthier alternative to traditional fried rice. It makes a simple side dish or add some diced tofu, chicken, shrimp or any other protein to make it a well rounded, easy and tasty weeknight meal!