A delicious and healthy quinoa dish for your family dinner – Stir Fry Quinoa Fried ‘Rice’ with Prawns and Chorizo. If you’re a quinoa hater this recipe might change your mind about quinoa.
If you’ve been reading my blog, you would notice that I don’t really do a lot of healthy recipes. That’s actually not really around my area of interest but at times I do enjoy eating healthy food (or maybe I feel that I should) typically around early weekdays after weekends of eating out enjoying Melbourne food scene.
Sometimes I do a simple salad but because it’s currently winter, I don’t find it very appetising to munch cold vegetables for dinner. And you know me, even though it’s healthy I always make sure that it’s always tasty because there’s no point when it’s healthy but doesn’t taste good then at the end both my partner and I give up and cook instant noodle instead (this happened many times before!).
Quinoa is probably one of my most favourite ingredients to cook with. As someone who was born and raised in Indonesia, I grew up eating a lot of white jasmine rice so I was a bit sceptical to try quinoa at the first time, I cooked quinoa in a similar way to cooking jasmine rice and it didn’t taste that good. A little bit similar to brown rice, a bit nutty and chewy only smaller in size. Then the second time I cooked it with a clove of garlic and chicken stock and the quinoa became much better. So now I always keep a pack of quinoa in my cupboard and sometimes I substituted rice with quinoa for dinner.
Then I became curious. Can I make quinoa fried rice with using quinoa? I’ve googled it and found some quinoa fried rice recipes that looked pretty good so I decided to try making this on Monday. I didn’t think quinoa is suitable to be cooked like Indonesian fried rice (nasi goreng) or any other Asian style fried rice so I tried the Spanish style one instead with prawns, chorizo and parsley.
The result didn’t disappoint at all. Thanks to adding the smoky chorizo sausage, the quinoa fried rice smelled very fragrant and it tasted so flavourful. Prawns always make a good addition to any main meal and I also added baby spinach and cherry tomatoes to add some colours and make the dish more appetising.
So if you are having trouble enjoying how tasty quinoa could be, I shamelessly urge you to try this quinoa fried rice recipe. It’s understandable, bland quinoa is not very appetising and in comparison I also prefer white fluffy rice. But when quinoa is cooked in flavoured liquid like chicken stock and infused with high flavour ingredient like chorizo, the quinoa becomes very tasty and pretty enjoyable to eat.
- 1.5 cups of uncooked quinoa (use different colours to make it looks more appetising)
- 1 cup of chicken stock
- 2 cup of water
- 350 gr prawns, peeled with tails intact
- 1 chorizo sausage, chopped finely
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced finely
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 handful of parsley, chopped finely
- ½ cup of baby spinach
- ½ cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
- Place quinoa, chicken stock and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low, cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes until all liquid has been absorbed by the quinoa. Uncover and let it stand for a further 5 minutes and then use a fork to stir and fluff the quinoa.
- Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat and saute chopped chorizo, onion and garlic for 2 minutes. Turn heat to high, add prawns and stir fry for 1 minute before adding quinoa into the pan. Saute over high heat for 2 minutes and season to taste. Turn heat to low before adding spinach, parsley leaves, and cherry tomatoes. Stir until combine and remove heat. Serve while warm.