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Tropical pineapple fried quinoa in a bowl on a marble table.
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Pineapple Fried Quinoa

This easy pineapple fried quinoa is a healthy and delicious meal made with leftover boiled quinoa, fresh pineapple and crunchy vegetables. Everything is added to one skillet, and sauteed to for a few minutes until it’s warm throughout.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time3 minutes
Course: Dinner, lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pineapple, quinoa, stir fry
Servings: 4
Calories: 365kcal
Author: Tonje
Cost: Cheap



  • Heat up the vegetable oil in a skillet or wok on high heat. Meanwhile, dice the red peppers and scallions in small pieces, and grate the garlic.
  • Add all the ingredients to the skillet. Stir while frying for a minute, then leave it to cook for a few minutes while stirring occasionally. The grains should crisp up, and the vegetables should be warmed through.
  • Serve the garlic pineapple stir fried quinoa immediately while it’s hot.


Can I use frozen ingredients? – Absolutely. Frozen quinoa, pineapple or vegetables all work just fine.
Can I use canned pineapple? – Yes. You can use pineapple chunks, or you can dice pineapple rings. Don’t add the liquid from canned pineapples.


Here’s how you can store any leftovers correctly:
Storing: Store any leftover pineapple fried quinoa in an airtight container in a refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat before serving, or enjoy it cold.
Freezing: Fried quinoa is also suitable for freezing. Store it in a freezer safe container, and freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw and reheat before serving.
Reheating: You can easily reheat fried quinoa in a microwave for a few minutes, or in a skillet or frying pan.
Make ahead / meal prep: Since this dish stores so well, it’s perfect as a make ahead meal. Make a big batch, and use it as a quick and easy lunch or dinner, or as a convenient side dish for several meals.


Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 613mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1988IU | Vitamin C: 133mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 3mg