Skip the Rice and Cook Up Clean Shrimp Fried Quinoa

The following post was originally featured on Eating Bird Food and written by Brittany Mullins| who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

If you like fried rice| you’re going to love this shrimp fried quinoa recipe!

It’s loaded with veggies| packed with protein and so easy to toss together for a quick weeknight meal.

Fried rice is one of Isaac’s favorite take-out items and I wanted to make a healthy| homemade version. I’m always looking for quick and easy recipes that require grocery store staples we typically have on-hand like quinoa| eggs| frozen shrimp and veggies. I’m glad I decided to give quinoa fried rice a try because as it turns out| we really like it. I’ve already made it twice in 2015.

If you’re not a spiceaholic just use less sambal oelek (or omit it completely) and forget about the sriracha as well. The shrimp fried quinoa will still taste yummy without the heat.

We enjoyed the fried quinoa with a frozen vegetable medley| but I bet it would be delicious with fresh veggies too ¡ª next time I want to try adding some broccoli and asparagus. Of course the peas and carrots will have to stay because it wouldn’t be “fried rice” without them.

To learn more about this recipe| check out Brittany’s blog.

Shrimp Fried Quinoa

From Eating Bird Food

Shrimp Fried Quinoa

Fried Quinoa Recipe


3 cups quinoa| cooked1 tablespoon coconut oil (divided)1/2 yellow onion| chopped1 clove garlic| minced1 inch piece of ginger| minced or grated1 pound shrimp| peeled and deveined3 eggs1 bag (about 3 cups) frozen veggies (a blend of peas| carrots| green beans| and corn)2 tablespoons low sodium tamari2 tablespoons mirin1/2 to 1 tablespoon sambal oelek1 teaspoon sesame oilFresh cilantro and sriracha| for topping (optional)