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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 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 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 garlic in oil for 2 minutes. Add carrot; cook 2 minutes longer. Stir in the broth, water and salt; bring to a boil.
  • 2. Stir in quinoa; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. 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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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."

Reviewed Jun. 3, 2014

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

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!"

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."

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."

Reviewed Sep. 20, 2012

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

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
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."

Reviewed May. 25, 2010

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

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2008

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

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