Garlic Fried Quinoa
This simple yet flavourful side dish will most definitely become part of your regular cooking repertoire.
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- 1 1/2 cups quinoa
- 2 3/4 cups stock or water*
- 3 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/3 cup finely chopped chives
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- sea salt, to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- To start, bring the stock, quinoa and salt to a boil in a small pot. Reduce to a simmer and cover with a lid. Let cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat. Keep covered and let rest for about 10 minutes. Uncover, fluff with a fork and set aside to cool. *Note: If using plain water, be sure to season the water with a pinch or two of sea salt.
- While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the garlic — while 3 tablespoons of garlic may seem like a lot, it really is not too overpowering. Besides, this dish is called "garlic-fried" quinoa.
- Lastly, chop the chives and set aside.
- To cook the dish, first be sure that you are all set up. Have the cooled quinoa ready; because once the garlic has cooked you want to immediately add the quinoa to cool down the pan — so that garlic doesn't overcook.
- To start, heat a large fry pan over medium high heat. Once hot, add the oil, followed by the garlic. Cook the garlic, stirring frequently, until it just starts to turn to a nice light golden brown. Taking the garlic to this stage really adds a nice flavor to the final dish, but you don't want to go to far or it will become very bitter.
- As soon as the garlic is ready, quickly add the quinoa to the pan and stir to combine. Continue to cook the dish until the quinoa has heated through.
- Lastly, taste for seasoning and then add the chives. Serve immediately.