Stir-fried prawn and vegetable quinoa

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I recently read that weight-related resolutions made up 38% of all resolutions so while we remain motivated, I thought it was best to share a healthy meal. This dish contains the two essential elements of any midweek meal – minimum effort and immensely satisfying.

Quinoa is a great source of protein and is a good alternative to couscous, rice or bulgar wheat if you still want to have a grain-like component in your meal but without having starchy carbs. It was a staple for Elizabeth (my old flatmate) and I when we lived in Aberdeen. This recipe was created with her in mind and as I made the dish this evening, I thought of us standing in our old kitchen chatting (and complaining) about our days!

The ingredients list below may look huge but when I am trying to eat healthier, I always load meals with vegetables and that’s what I have done here but take, leave or substitute what you want. If you don’t want to use seafood, you can replace the prawns with chicken, beef or tofu.


Ingredients (4 people):
300g quinoa
3 large eggs
1 red chilli, finely chopped
3-4 cm piece root ginger, grated or finely chopped
2 large cloves garlic
1 pepper, diced
1 onion, peeled and diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 courgette, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
300g raw prawns

3 spring onions, sliced
1 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
1 tbsp fish sauce (optional)
Sunflower oil
Lime and coriander to serve


  • Cook the quinoa as per the instructions on the packet. I have found that some packets call for far too much water which results in the quinoa being mushy and horrible. In general, it is 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water. If the packet calls for more water than this, proceed with care. It normally takes about 20 minutes which is just enough time to make the other ingredients.
  • Beat the eggs and fry in a large pan with a little oil. Stir until the egg is cooked and then place on a plate to one side.
  • Using the same pan, fry the chilli, garlic and ginger in one teaspoon of oil for about 2 minutes. Then add the pepper and cook for 5 minutes until soft. Add the remaining vegetables and cook for a further 10-15 minutes until soft.
  • Next add the prawns and spring onions (keeping a few slices aside for the garnish). The prawns will only take about 3-5 minutes to cook depending on the size. You will notice them turning from the blue-purple colour to the traditional pink colour we associate with prawns. Prawns become very tough if they are over cooked so do keep an eye on them.
  • Then add the egg and cooked quinoa into the pan. As you stir this, the egg will break up into small pieces.
  • Sprinkle in the sesame seeds and add the soy sauce, chilli sauce and fish sauce (if using) and mix well.


To assemble:

  • Spoon the stir fry into a bowl.
  • Sprinkle on some chopped coriander leaves and serve with a wedge of lime.

The colours in this dish are enough to brighten up anyone’s day.


The Author

I am a food lover with a passion for cooking and entertaining inspired by two very special grandmothers and a fabulous mum. I recently moved to London which has provided a plethora of new places, cultures and fascinations to stir up some underlying creativity. My hope is to share some cooking and entertaining ideas which I like and others seem to like too. I will also throw in the odd bit of Scottish flare to make sure I maintain my true braveheart roots. Hope you enjoy!


  1. margaret wallace says

    HI Sarah,
    I have never heard of quinso… you recipe looks delish and you make this protein substitute sound even more delish…..Ill let you know my findings.

    • Thanks! It is delicious! The quinoa is a great heathy alternative to carbs and great if you want a high protein meal. You can buy it in any supermarket. Hope you enjoy!

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