Day 23 | Asian-Style Quinoa

Laura Santtini's 30 Days of Flavour Recipe Collection

This is a quick and healthy stir-fry which makes an ideal mid-week supper. You can add a pound of ground beef, pork or turkey. Kids love this dish! If you can find the pouches of ready-cooked quinoa, then this dish becomes even quicker. Otherwise, cook the quinoa in advance.

LEVEL      Easy
SERVES   2-3


1          tablespoon sesame oil
3          garlic cloves, sliced
1          teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1          tablespoon Taste #5 Vegetarian Far Eastern paste
1        cup of pre-cooked quinoa (l like to use a mix of red and white)
1          cup broccoli
4          spring onions (scallions)
1/2       teaspoon chili flakes or 1 fresh chili (seeded and chopped)
2          tablespoons ‘nam pla’ fish sauce
1          tablespoon honey
juice of 1 lime
Kosher Salt and freshly ground pepper


Generous handful of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
Finely grated zest of one lime
Lime wedges


  1. Heat the sesame oil in a large non-stick pan, add garlic, ginger and umami paste
  2. When sizzling, add the quinoa and broccoli and stir-fry until broccoli is tender
  3. Add spring onions, chili, fish sauce, honey and lime juice and stir-fry until bubbling
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for another minute to ensure broccoli is tender
  5. Serve topped with a sprinkling of chopped cilantro, grated lime zest and lime wedge
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