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Quinoa Fried Rice makes a simple and healthy alternative to traditional fried rice. Full of protein and vegetables and just perfect for busy weeknights. Best of all, instructions included to make it in your Instant Pot pressure cooker or on the stove!

Quinoa Fried Rice

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!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Asian
Keyword instant pot rice recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 199 kcal


  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1 small white onion diced
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables fresh or frozen (thawed first)
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 3-1/2 cups cooked quinoa preferably day old & chilled (see notes below for how to cook in Instant Pot)
  • 2 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce for gluten free use tamari or coconut aminos
  • 2 teaspoons teriyaki sauce for gluten free version - use gluten free teriyaki or hoisin sauce instead
  • 1 teaspoon Mirin rice wine or dry sherry can also be used in a pinch
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • Dried red chili flakes or Sriracha optional, to taste
  • Cooked chicken beef or pork, cut into bite-sized pieces, optional

For Instant Pot Quinoa:

  • 2 cups dried quinoa
  • 2 cups water


  1. Heat the pressure cooker on the SAUTE setting.
  2. Heat oil and add the onion and garlic. Saute 1 minute. Add the mixed vegetables and cook for 1-2 minutes. Push ingredients to one side and add the beaten egg. Scramble then mix with the rest of the ingredients for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the quinoa, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, rice wine and salt, and black pepper to taste. Add red hot chili flakes or Sriracha for a kick of heat. Serve hot and sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions, if desired.
  4. To cook Instant Pot quinoa
  5. Rinse the quinoa and drain. Add the quinoa and water to your Instant Pot insert. Close and lock the lid.
  6. Press [Manual] and then use the [-] button to choose 1 minute of pressure cooking time.
  7. When the time is up, allow it to release pressure for at least 15 minutes. Release pressure valve, open lid, and fluff quinoa.

  8. For stove-top Quinoa Fried Rice
  9. Heat sesame oil on high heat in a non-stick wok or pan until smoky hot. Toss in the onion and garlic and cook for about 10 seconds. Add the mixed vegetables and sauté for another minute.
  10. Push all the ingredients to one side of the pan and pour in the beaten eggs. Scramble into small pieces until cooked. (Add in cooked meat if using and saute for another minute).
  11. Stir in the quinoa and break up any large chunks with a spatula while tossing until heated through around 2 minutes.

  12. Pour in soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, rice wine, tossing to combine everything evenly. Keep stirring the quinoa until slightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Add salt, black pepper, red chili flakes or even Sriracha to taste.
  13. Transfer to bowls and serve hot and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Fried Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 199 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 294mg12%
Potassium 296mg8%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 1660IU33%
Vitamin C 4.4mg5%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.