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Gluten Free Shrimp Fried Quinoa “Rice” Recipe

I don’t know about you, but I love meals that combine a protein, veggies and a starch all in one. Stir fry, casseroles and tacos are some of my favorite all-in-one meals. The beauty of these types of meals is that you’re left feeling satisfied and complete. Stir fry meals, like this Gluten Free Shrimp Fried Quinoa “Rice” recipe, have the additional benefit of making great leftovers. Just reheat in a skillet to liven it back up and you’ve got a fresh-tasting meal.

Rather than using rice for this recipe I decided to use quinoa for added protein and because I love the combination of quinoa and Asian flavors like soy sauce. I used tri-color quinoa from Hodgson Mill because I love the color combo, but you can use their white or red quinoa if you prefer.

This meal is really a lifesaver when you want something healthy, flavorful and quick. You can chop your veggies while the quinoa cooks or if you’re a slow chopper you can even prep most of the veggies earlier in the day or the day before so that you can just throw everything together come dinnertime!

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5 from 3 votes
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Gluten Free Shrimp Fried Quinoa “Rice” Recipe

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 298kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 2 cups water
  • Kosher or fine sea salt
  • 1 cup Hodgson Mill tri-color quinoa
  • 1 pound medium shrimp tails off, peeled, and cleaned
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon tamari or gluten free soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil divided
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 5 green onions sliced
  • ¾ cup grated carrots
  • ¾ cup peas fresh or frozen
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil or spicy sesame oil
  • Cilantro for garnish if desired


  • Combine the water, salt, and quinoa in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover the pan, reduce the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from the heat and let sit in the pan with the lid on for 5 minutes. Remove lid and fluff with a fork. Let sit while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
  • Place the shrimp in a small bowl and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt, the cornstarch, and pepper. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Beat the egg whites with 1 teaspoon tamari.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over high heat until the oil is very hot. Add the shrimp and quickly spread into an even layer. Let cook, undisturbed, for 30 seconds. Flip the shrimp and cook or another 30 seconds. Remove from the pan. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add the garlic, ginger, and green onions and cook, stirring for 30 seconds. Add the carrots, peas, quinoa, shrimp, remaining tablespoon of tamari, and sesame oil. Cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Spread the mixture to the sides of the pan. Add the eggs and cook, stirring, until scrambled. Stir the eggs into the rest of the mixture.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with cilantro if desired.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Shrimp Fried Quinoa “Rice” Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 298 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 190mg63%
Sodium 797mg33%
Potassium 214mg6%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 2910IU58%
Vitamin C 13.4mg16%
Calcium 142mg14%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Tags: Asian Easy Hodgson Mill Quinoa Sesame Shrimp Soy Sauce
  1. Teresa Earp
    March 8, 2019

    You didn’t mention rinsing the quinoa before cooking it. I thought that we needed to do that with quinoa.

  2. Susan
    October 4, 2019

    Some brands come prewashed which they say on the package. If it doesn’t say – wash.

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