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Pineapple Fried Quinoa Recipe
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Pineapple Fried Quinoa

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"Like pineapple fried rice, but with the ancient grain quinoa. Simple to make and bursting with Asian flavors! Always nice with fresh pineapple, but canned or frozen work well, too."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    55 mins


  1. Rinse quinoa until water runs clear. Bring the quinoa, chicken broth and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, and the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Beat the eggs in a bowl. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir eggs until scrambled. Remove eggs from the skillet and set aside. Heat peanut oil and chili oil over medium-low heat. Cook and stir garlic for 2 minutes, then stir in green onions to heat through. Stir in pineapple and cilantro, then add the cooked quinoa. Toss with scrambled eggs, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes until thoroughly heated.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 01, 2011

Very good. I added frozen peas to get more veggies, used yellow onion instead of green, and only 2 eggs. The flavor was excellent! So glad to have a new way to use quinoa!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 28, 2011

Five cloves of garlic is overkill. I would recommend one clove, maybe two if you really like garlic. Also, there is too much extra liquid in the recipe. The texture was too soft right out of the skillet and the leftovers were very mushy, more like oatmeal than quinoa. I'd recommend leaving out the cup of water.

Jul 25, 2011

I love quinoa, although I have never made it before. My husband is not very adventurous and probably wouldn't have tried it if I had told him what it was before I set the plate in front of him. I just told him it was "like pineapple fried rice, but with a different grain" and he gave it a go. He loved it, which says a lot! My kids and I loved it, too. It makes a lot, or at least I thought, but everyone wanted extra helpings, so it didn't last long. I will definitely be making this again (and now I'll probably be able to get the hubby to try more quinoa dishes, as well.) I made it exact to recipe, except I used probably a full cup of canned crushed pineapple -- however much was in a standard size can. Crushed is the perfect size so you get some pineapple in each bite. This was fantastic, and very easy, and I will definitely be making it again.

May 11, 2010

This was amazing! However, i think that 3 cups of liquid would be too much, as the normal quinoa ratio is 1:2. So i only used 2c water, used sesame oil b/c i didn't have peanut, used a yellow onion as that's all I had on hand, and didn't have cilantro. Also, didn't add pepper flakes as I thought it was spicy enough. My husband and I loved it and will be making this often!

Dec 14, 2011

One word - YUM! My boyfriend even loved it which is a huge deal as he's a meat and potatoes guy. I made the quinoa in the rice cooker ahead of time. Then I added chili flakes and oil to a pan and cooked up chicken, added the garlic, onions and cilantro, then added egg. When the egg was cooked, I added quinoa to the pan, used a couple dashes of soy sauce and a few squirts of Siracha sauce. So good. I've been telling everyone about this recipe!

Aug 03, 2010

Fabulous! I did decrease the chili oil by 1 Tablespoon to lower the heat, and I don't think it needs that much oil anyway. We are meat eaters, so to make a heartier meal I also pan fry some chopped Mango Chicken Sausage (from Trader Joe's) to add to the mix. Have made it multiple times to rave reviews - thanks!!

Jan 25, 2010

Very good with a bit of a spicy 'bite" to it! My son-in-law begged for the recipe. Due to what I had on hand, I subbed olive oil for peanut oil, more broth for the water, a small diced white onion for the green onion, used canned pineapple tidbits and added 1 1/2 cups diced cooked ham to make it a satisfying main dish. Blend of flavors was just right!

Aug 02, 2011

I also added ham like another reviewer for more protein which was great. Yummy with a good mix of flavors. Not quite a 5 star for me - I tend not to measure too much and just toss things in and ended wishing I had added a bit MORE spice.


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  • Calories
  • 337 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38.4 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 140 mg
  • 46%
  • Fat
  • 15.4 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 5.2 g
  • 21%
  • Protein
  • 13.2 g
  • 26%
  • Sodium
  • 969 mg
  • 39%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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