Quinoa Pilaf

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:
5 min
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
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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