Easy Quinoa Stir Fry (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Easy Quinoa Stir Fry.  Sometimes when money is tight, I have to cook from the ingredients I already have in my kitchen.  I often make easy stir fry recipes.  Many of those creations are not blog worthy though.  However, I do get a winner once and awhile.

This quinoa stir fry recipe was one of them.  I always have quinoa in my pantry.  I love cooking with quinoa because it’s not only a plant based complete source of protein, but it’s also gluten free.


Easy Quinoa Stir Fry - My Whole Food Life

If you don’t care for quinoa, you can always use rice instead.

Easy Quinoa Stir Fry

Easy Quinoa Stir Fry

Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 10 min Serves 4-5 servings     adjust servings

An easy meal that can be made in under 30 minutes.


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 10 mushrooms diced (I used button mushrooms)
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves minced depending on the size
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 3 small carrots diced
  • 2 T oil (I used coconut oil )
  • 2-3 T balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a saucepan , saute the onions, garlic, mushrooms, carrots and oil for about 5-7 minutes on medium heat.
  2. Then add in the cooked quinoa, almonds and balsamic and keep sauteing on medium heat for another 5 minutes or so.
  3. Lastly, add in the salt and pepper to taste.


Recipe Notes

This should keep for about a week and a half in the fridge.

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43 thoughts to “Easy Quinoa Stir Fry (Vegan and Gluten Free)”

    1. Oh geez! I guess I forgot to put that in the instructions. I added the mushroom with the carrots and onions. I will edit the post when I get home later. Sorry about that!
  1. This looks good! I love how it's so simple to make. I've tried a similar recipe but it wasn't stir fried. It was more of a salad type recipe. I've noticed recipes w/ quinoa are very easy to make, which is awesome! Thanks for sharing this! Will definitely give it a try one day.
  2. This sounds delicious and so easy to make. I have all the ingredients on hand and plan on making tonight! Thanks for posting. Also, just a note, I watched your blog about almond milk and have started making it myself - thicker to use as coffee cream and thinner for everyday use, smoothies, etc. Even my kids like it - bonus!!
  3. I completely agree - soups and stir fries are the best way to use all leftovers. And really it's food and I end up many times with a little bit of everything. But many times the photos of that food would scare my readers LOL. I love quinoa just like you! This stir fry is definitely worth trying!!!:)
    1. Thanks! Just cook 1 cup quinoa with 1 1/2 cups water. Bring it to a boil and then turn down, cover and simmer until all the liquid is removed. Usually takes about 10-15 minutes.
  4. I have been SEARCHING for a yummy quinoa recipe recently, and it looks like I finally found one!! I have never cooked quinoa so this seems like a good place to start. I happen to have all these ingredients, too!
  5. FINALLY! Stir fry without soy!! My son can't have soy, so we haven't had stir fry in years! Of course we also can't have tree nuts or mushrooms, so I used one red and one green bell pepper, and sunflower seeds instead. So yummy!! Next time I'll double the sunflower seeds, but still so good!!
  6. I love your recipes and I am new to whole food clean eating and was worried about finding things to eat that taste good. I made this yesterday minus the carrots, I added some left over baby spinach salad to it for color. It is absolutely delicious and tastes good cold too ;-)
  7. This is so delicious, my very vegetable resistant husband loves it! I don't use mushrooms to make it a bit for friendly for my non veggie eaters. This time I used carrots, parsnips and some swiss chard leaves, yummy! As I did the last time I subbed sunflower seeds and flax for the almonds to make it nut free. I made a huge batch because I had company and forgot how much quinoa plumps up when cooks so I had a laughable amount left. I took 2 1/2 cups added 4 eggs, and whole wheat bread crumbs and friend the patties. I haven't tried it with an egg substitute since we eat eggs. But anyhow they are so delicious I just ate them for breakfast and lunch:)
  8. I made this tonight- DELICIOUS! I added green bell pepper, pineapple, and freshly-grated ginger. Thank you so much for this recipe. I shared on Facebook.
  9. I just made this. I'm new to cooking with coconut oil. While I enjoyed it and really liked using quinoa in a stir fry (which works great) I feel like I taste a lot of the coconut. Is this typical?
    1. If you are new to the taste of coconut oil, you may taste it more. You can always try using a different oil next time.
      1. Thank you. That could very well be it. Only the second time I've used it. I'm so glad I found your blog. I love your recipes!

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