Quinoa Shrimp Stir-Fry

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Quinoa Shrimp Stir-Fry

The very beautiful Atim of Afrolems.com inspired lunch for today. This dish was inspired by her  Suya chicken Quinoa Stir fry, you should check it out. For my variation, I decided to make use of Shrimp and coconut oil to bring it all together. I have always been a fan of quinoa; I have tried several recipes with It including this great Quinoa Moimoi recipe we posted last year.

The most important thing to remember is that quinoa should extremely fluffy, water logged soggy quinoa will definitely not work.

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Some Quinoa basics:

  • 1 cup raw quinoa = 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • Quinoa cooks in approximately 20 minutes
  • Rinse your quinoa before and allow enough time for it to drain completely
  • Medium-low heat produces better result
  • 1 part fresh quinoa require 1.5 equal parts liquid
  • For best result, use some type of broth as your base – NEVER USE WATER
  • Allow time for quinoa to cool after cooking and always fluff with a fork

Quinoa Ingredients

What you will need:

  • 2.5 cups raw quinoa
  • 2 cups chopped carrot and peas mix (frozen or canned works just fine)
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms (optional)
  • 3.75 Cups Chicken or Beef Broth
  • 2 tablespoon butter – Divided
  • 2 cups raw shrimp ( Cleaned and deveined)
  • 3 tablespoons Coconut oil (substitute olive, peanut or vegetable oil)
  • 2 cloves of Garlic – Finely Minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried pepper ( ata gigun)
  •  2-3 cubes Maggi*
  • Salt to taste

**Note: If you do not have broth, boil 3.75 cups of water with 1 cube maggi, salt and your favorite spices.


Cooking the quinoa

  • Start by generously washing the quinoa under running water, you want to get rid of as much “top foam” as possible. Pour the washed quinoa into a colander (sieve) and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes (this is to get rid of excess water)



  • Place a pot with a tight fitting lead on high heat, add in the broth. Cover and bring to a rolling boil. Add in one part butter and quinoa. Stir. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for 15-20minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool (uncovered)




Making the Stir-Fry

  • Season the shrimp with some salt and pepper. Set aside
  • Heat up the coconut oil in a large pot or wok. Add in the minced garlic and stir fry until fragrant. Add in the shrimp and cook for about 1 minute.
  • Stir in pepper. Add maggi and salt.
  • Stir in the peas and carrots
  • Fluff the cooked quinoa with fork, add quinoa into the pot. Add in the left over butter . Stir fry for 1-2 minutes




Your stirfry is ready to serve.  Ours was served with Chicken Paprika

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By |September 23rd, 2014|24 Comments


  1. chommi November 28, 2017 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Hi foodie9ja,were can one find quinoa in lagos?

  2. Dumebi January 5, 2017 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Enter your comment here…hi, is quinoa same as dawa? what’s the local name or is it only sold in stores

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 15, 2017 at 5:31 am - Reply

      Unfortunately I am not familiar with Dawa, not sure of a local name either. Sorry 🙁

  3. Joo November 18, 2014 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this wonderful recipe. I was able to prepare my quinoa again after abandoning it for months simply because I detest the plain taste (cooked with water). I tried your recipe though I substituted the shrimps with diced beef and chicken and still turned out good. Keep up the good works. I really enjoy all your recipes and healthy cooking tips.

  4. Cannime October 24, 2014 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    This looks really good and do able 🙂

  5. kimbrian October 19, 2014 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Whao! Quinoa in style, I enjoy quinoa/oat meal much healthier than eba or yam flour. This recipe I got to try

  6. Dayo B October 6, 2014 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Hi 9jafoodie. What’s the benefit of allowing the quinoa to cool? I made the mistake of making the stir fry early so now it’s ready but the quinoa is still hot.

  7. Tokunbo October 1, 2014 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    can we use instant quinoa

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 3, 2014 at 7:53 am - Reply

      I have never used it but I do not see why not.

  8. Lolade September 23, 2014 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    9jafoodie on point

  9. Toby September 23, 2014 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Does look tantalising enough. How can one lay hands on quinoa seeds since I know they’re not native to us here or is it grown here. I’d very much to try out this recipe. Thanks

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 25, 2014 at 10:51 am - Reply

      Depending on where you live, most big supermarkets have it.

  10. Glory September 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    What is quinoa and how can someone get it in UK?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 25, 2014 at 10:52 am - Reply

      It’s a grain, check your local food supermarket.

  11. mscookie September 23, 2014 at 8:58 am - Reply

    looks delicious

  12. fareedashinkafi September 23, 2014 at 8:31 am - Reply

    definitely trying this! looks so delish!!!

  13. Afrolems September 23, 2014 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Looks amazing 🙂

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