Salmon Quinoa 'Fried Rice'
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Quinoa "fried rice" is a healthy and delicious alternative to traditional fried rice. The addition of salmon makes this a well rounded, seriously scrumptious, quick and easy meal! But, feel free to substitute whatever leftover protein you have hanging out in your refrigerator. 

Course: entree, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4
Calories: 797 kcal
  • 3 ½ Cups Quinoa – cooked*
  • ½ Pound Salmon – cooked and flaked
  • 2 TBS + 2 tsp Vegetable Oil or Canola Oil, divided
  • 2 large Eggs – beaten
  • 1 Yellow Onion – medium dice (about heaping 1 Cup)
  • 1 Carrot – small dice (about ¾ Cup)
  • ½ Red Bell Pepper – seeds removed and small dice (about scant ¾ Cup)
  • 2 Cups Cabbage – shredded
  • 3 cloves Garlic – minced
  • 1 ½ TBS Ginger – grated
  • ¼ tsp Salt , or more to taste
  • 1/8 tsp Pepper , or more to taste
  • Sauce:
  • 2 ½ TBS Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1 TBS Sesame Oil
  • 1 TBS Fish Sauce (can substitute Soy Sauce)
  • 2 tsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 3 Scallions – thinly sliced(about 1/3 cup)
  • Optional Garnishes: Toasted Sesame Seeds, sliced Scallions
  1. Heat 2 tsp oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the eggs and season with salt and pepper. Cook and scramble eggs, breaking them up with the edge of a wooden spatula, until almost cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  2. Mix the liquid ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet, or wok, over medium high heat. Add the onion, carrot and red bell pepper. Season with measured salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes, or until vegetables are softened.
  4. Add the cabbage and remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and continue to cook, stirring, until vegetables beginning to brown, 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds – 1 minute.
  5. Add the cooked quinoa and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Add mixed sauce ingredients, stir to combine.
  6. Add the cooked eggs and salmon. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust for seasoning.
  7. Stir in scallions and serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

To Cook Quinoa: (1 uncooked cup of quinoa yields approximately 3 ½ cups cooked quinoa)
1. In a fine mesh strainer rinse quinoa with cold water.

2. In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup of quinoa, ¼ tsp salt and 1 ¼ cup of boiling water.

3. Simmer quinoa, covered, for 12 minutes over low- medium low heat. Remove pan from heat and allow to stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Remove cover and gently fluff the quinoa with a fork.

4. Set the quinoa aside and allow to cool, on the counter, to room temperature. Transfer to a container, cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours, preferably overnight before proceeding with recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Salmon Quinoa 'Fried Rice'
Amount Per Serving
Calories 797 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 124mg 41%
Sodium 586mg 24%
Potassium 1376mg 39%
Total Carbohydrates 104g 35%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 4g
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 66.3%
Vitamin C 45%
Calcium 12.7%
Iron 45.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.