Quinoa Pilaf

TOTAL TIME: 25 min
Prep: 5 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 20 min
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons fat (recommended: butter, olive oil, or vegetable oil)
  • 1/2 onion or 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups liquid (recommended: water, broth, stock, etc.)
  • Fresh herbs, spices, or seasonings
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • Quinoa Pilaf Variations, recipes follow
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      Directions

      Heat the fat in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute the onion until translucent and fragrant. Add the quinoa and stir to coat. Add the liquid and bring to a simmer for about 20 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Combine with the herbs, spices, or seasonings and season with salt, and pepper, to taste.

      Quinoa Pilaf Variations:

      Coconut-Lime Quinoa: Cook the quinoa in 1 cup coconut milk and 1 cup chicken broth. Season the quinoa with fresh lime zest and lime juice.

      Mediterranean Quinoa: When the quinoa has finished cooking, add chopped fresh parsley, diced tomatoes, kalamata olives, fresh lemon juice and zest. Top with feta cheese.

      Lemon-Thyme Quinoa: Cook the quinoa in 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1 3/4 cups chicken broth. Season the quinoa with chopped fresh thyme leaves.

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      • on May 26, 2012

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        We made the variation with Coconut milk and fresh lime juice. I also added chopped red bell pepper and jalapeño to the onion when sautéing before adding the quinoa. LOVED IT! You have to try this. We had it with Alton's recipe for grilled mahi mahi. So good! Oh and we had to add about a half cup of water to get the quinoa to fluff up a little more.

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