This Fried Quinoa With Shrimps & Pork is fresh, healthy and flavorful. It’s the perfect substitute for rice if you want a healthier alternative.
Recipe testing is one of the things I enjoy doing in my kitchen. This dish, like my oven-baked Jollof basmati rice, is one of my recipe testing gone right. This dish turned out better than I expected. It turns out that quinoa can be cooked just like the classic Nigerian fried rice.
This fried quinoa with shrimps and pork turned out to be flavorful and delicious, just like fried rice. It’s healthier, gluten-free and can be made vegan with a few protein swaps. Use this rice alternative for a healthy lunch, a light dinner or as a base for an epic lunch plate. It’s pretty easy to make, so grab your apron and let’s get cooking.
Fried quinoa with shrimps and pork video
This dish is pretty straight forward to make, however, it also helps to watch a 1-minute video. Give it a watch below.
Fried quinoa ingredients
- Quinoa: Quinoa is the star ingredient in this dish. For this recipe, I used the Tri-colour quinoa by Bob’s red mill. This quinoa already comes pre-rinsed and ready to cook. However, you can use any type of quinoa grain available to you.
- Pork: I always have pork in my freezer ready for recipes like this. If you don’t like pork, you can use chicken breasts for a Fried quinoa with shrimps and chicken recipe.
- Vegetable: Veggies like bell peppers, chilli peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and peas are delicious in this recipe.
- Spices: This dish uses classic fried rice spices like curry powder. In this dish, I added some coriander powder and chilli flakes and it turned it really delicious.
How to make quinoa fried rice with shrimp and pork
This dish comes together pretty quickly and easily. Here’s what you need to do to make this dish.
- Wash your quinoa thoroughly under running water and drain. If you are using the Tri-colour quinoa grain by Bob’s red mill as I did, then you don’t need to rinse the grains.
- In a large heated skillet, cook the pork till no longer pink. Remove from the pan and saute some onions and garlic till fragrant. Add in chopped chilli peppers, spices and quinoa. Stir well and fry for a few seconds.
- Add-in water or chicken stock and cover. Cook medium-low heat until the quinoa grains are well cooked.
- Reduce the heat to low and add in the cooked pork, bell peppers and shrimps. Cover and steam for a few minutes.
- Turn off the heat and add the spring onions. Stir well.
- Serve immediately.
Make this dish Vegan
This dish can be transformed into a delicious plate of vegan goodness by making some protein swaps. Instead of pork and shrimps, use fried tofu, mushrooms or more vegetables. Swap the chicken stock for vegetable stock or simply use water as I did.
Meal prep ideas
This quinoa fried rice with shrimps and pork can also be meal prepped. Simply transfer into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. Keep in the freezer for longer. Anytime you want a quick lunch, simply re-heat in the microwave and enjoy.
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Fried Quinoa With Shrimps & Pork
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups chicken stock or water
- 100 grams shrimps "deveined and cleaned"
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 strip pork belly "chopped"
- 1 medium red bell pepper "chopped"
- 1 medium green bell pepper "chopped"
- 1 medium yellow bell pepper "chopped"
- 5 sprigs spring onion "chopped"
- 1 large garlic clove "minced"
- 1 medium onion "chopped"
- 2 chili peppers "chopped"
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 1 tsp curry powder
- ½ tsp coriander powder
- 1 tbsp seasoning powder
- ½ tsp chilli flakes
- In a large heated skillet, add vegetable oil nd cook the pork till no longe pink. Add in the chopped onions and garlic and saute till fragrant.
- Add the chilli peppers, spices and the washed and drained quinoa. Fry for a few seconds and add the water or chicken stock.
- Cover the skillet and cook for 20 minutes or till the quinoa grains are well cooked. Add in the cooked pork, bell peppers, fresh thyme and shrimps. Cover and steam for 5 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and add in the spring onions. Serve immediately.
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