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Quinoa Pilaf in an orange wood bowl on a wood board with a green dutch oven and a second orange wood bowl in the background
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5 from 4 votes

Quinoa Pilaf

This easy-to-make, healthy Quinoa Pilaf recipe is loaded with vegetables and flavor. It’s filling enough to be a main meal, but makes a perfect side dish, as well.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 131kcal


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic * minced
  • 1 shallot * diced small
  • 2 carrots * diced small
  • 2 ribs celery * diced small
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup quinoa * rinsed
  • 2 cups vegetable stock * unsalted
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • fresh parsley * minced, optional garnish


  • Add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Once hot, add the garlic, shallot, carrots, and celery. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until just tender, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the quinoa and cook until toasted and golden brown, stirring often, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the vegetable stock and bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat, cover, and simmer until the liquid is absorbed, the germ of the quinoa is visible and it can be fluffed with a fork, about 15 minutes.
  • Stir in the peas and heat through.
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper, as needed. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.


Tips and Techniques

  • Rinse the quinoa to remove any residual natural coating that may be present. This coating can give quinoa a bitter taste if not removed. Most quinoa has been pre–rinsed, but it won’t hurt to rinse it again.
  • Use unsalted vegetable stock to better control the salt content of this recipe. If you can’t find unsalted stock, lessen or omit the salt when cooking the vegetables.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use within 3-5 days.
** Nutritional information is an estimate and may vary.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 401mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2787IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg