Fried Quinoa


Published: May 2, 2014

Quinoa, a super-food that can be substituted for rice in a lot of traditional recipes, gets a Nigerian makeover. Using the Nigerian fried rice as the inspiration, we recreated this recipe. Enjoy.

Fried Quinoa

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 2

You can find quinoa at the supermarkets and health food stores in Nigeria.


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups stock or water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup carrots chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. In a pot place the quinoa to cook after washing it a few times in cold water. Add the stock or water and boil for 20 minutes or until the quinoa is soft to taste and fluffy when separated with a fork.
  2. In a frying pan, add the coconut oil, once hot, add the onions, corn, peas, and carrots and fry for 30 minutes or until they are tender to the bite.
  3. Add the curry and salt to taste ( only add salt now if you used water to boil the quinoa, if you used stock, it might not need any salt) Gently fold in the quinoa and stir until it is all thoroughly mixed together.
  4. Simmer for three minutes on low heat. Serve hot.

Let us know in the comment box below if you will be trying this recipe and how it turned out.

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About Lohi Ogolo

Lohi Ogolo is a chef and culinary enthusiast interested in the use of modern culinary techniques infused with African flavors to attract the world to African, particularly Nigerian, foods. She is a graduate of a culinary institute in Toronto, Canada and owner of the food inspired business, Lohi’s Creations. She can be found on Twitter @Lohiscreation or her award winning blog.

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