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Quinoa Pilaf Recipe

Quinoa Pilaf Recipe

I created this recipe after tasting quinoa at a local restaurant. I really enjoy rice pilaf, but I don’t usually have time to make it. This quick-cooking side is a tasty alternative. –Sonya Fox of Peyton, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed


  • 1. In a small nonstick saucepan coated with cooking spray, cook onion and carrot in oil for 2-3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, water and salt; bring to a boil.
  • 2. Add quinoa. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat. Fluff with a fork. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: Look for quinoa in the cereal, rice or organic food aisle.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: If using vegetable broth, omit the salt.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 198 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 434mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 225356
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2015

"Super bland--was disappointed. I agree with some of the other reviewers--it definitely is in need of something more. Kinda annoyed now that I see there are green onions in the picture, but the recipe never called for any, so I didn't make it that way. Maybe that would have given it more flavor."

Joscy User ID: 2694585 82956
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2014

"Good Day! Am *new* to Quinoa vs. starchy *stuff*, Truly hoping to acquaint **new TOH Friends* in this manner, J."

IslandWife User ID: 6007790 139727
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2014

"I used two small-medium size carrots (we like carrots!). It can easily be adapted with other veggies. It was very easy and yummy - thanks for sharing!"

JBoomsma User ID: 5553624 154433
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2013

"I make this frequently when I want to change up the side dish habit away from potatoes or rice. I've also diced up broccoli and zucchini to add in. I also replaced the 1/4 cup of water with a 1/4 of white wine or chicken broth."

ohbladee User ID: 7054304 162356
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"I love quinoa! It is so versatile and healthy. You can add anything to it. I have added every vegetable in my fridge to it, mixed it with vegetable, chicken and beef broth. It's great as a side or as a main course, with or without meat."

carsonish User ID: 6114676 76894
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2012

"Very easy to make and went perfect with some steaks we had."

Becca611 User ID: 5346421 136729
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012

"Tried this recipe for my first attempt at ever making or eating Quinoa. I used baby carrots in the recipe (thats what I had on hand) and I thought it was delicious. A good base recipe to add things too like green scallions or whatnot. It did take a longer time than stated to cook all of the broth out but this recipe made me fall in love with this healthy grain! Thanks for sharing it!"

Angela W User ID: 5898858 154431
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"I used more carrots and more onions, so that I could count this as a starch and a veggie, and it was blah. It definitely needs something green (like in the picture) and needs something more for flavor. Not sure what, but will probably try again."

dkatie9 User ID: 1965911 63313
Reviewed May. 25, 2010

"This needed something. It was very bland. It needs fresh herbs and more vegetables."

sanwal User ID: 3518780 109070
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2008

"The correct pronunciation of Quinoa is keen-wah."

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