Stir Fry Breakfast Quinoa + Wild Rice

Stir fry breakfast quinoa and wild rice (via abeautifulmess.com)I think more often than not I tend to be a savory breakfast kind of gal. Don’t get me wrong, if you run into to me at brunch sometime, I very well might be enjoying French toast, waffles or pancakes. I still like sweets anytime of the day. But, I think I more often, like 85% of the time, prefer a savory breakfast. Especially if eggs are involved. I’m pledging myself as a lifetime member to the runny yolks club. 🙂

Stir fry breakfast quinoa and wild rice (via abeautifulmess.com) This breakfast is indeed savory. It’s also got a fair amount of spice (which you can easily adjust to your liking/tolerance level). And, the best part, it’s full of good things for you to get you fueled up for the day. This would also make a fantastic breakfast for dinner option as well. Have I sold you on this yet? Guys, get some quinoa and let’s stir fry already!

Easy breakfast stir fryStir Fry Breakfast Quinoa + Wild Rice, serves 2-3.

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1/2 cup uncooked wild rice or brown rice
1 red bell pepper
3 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
1/2 tablespoon brown sugar or maple syrup
2-3 eggs
Sriracha or other hot sauce to serve

First cook the quinoa and rice. The particular rice I was using called for the same ratio of water to grains and cook time as my quinoa. So I was able to cook them at the same time in the same pot. But check packages and cook according to the directions. I prefer to make my quinoa/rice mix a day or two ahead of time and store in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator. Dry quinoa/rice stir fries better than fresh, damp rice. Also, this cuts down on your cooking time. So if you make the quinoa/rice ahead of time, you can throw this breakfast together in 10-12 minutes. 

How to stir fry quinoaMince the garlic, dice the bell pepper and chop the green onions. In a cup or small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar and brown sugar or maple syrup. Set aside until you need it.

In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium/high heat. Cook the bell pepper for 2-3 minutes until it begins to soften. Toss in the garlic and cook another minute. Now add in the cooked quinoa/rice mixture. Pour the sauce over everything and cook for 3-5 minutes until the moisture is gone and the quinoa/rice starts to pop up from the pan. Be sure to stir every once in a while during this process so things don’t stick to the pan, but there’s no need to constantly stir. Toss on the green onions and turn off the heat, but let the mixture sit and stay warm in the pan while you work on the eggs.

I like to serve one egg per serving, but if you’re really hungry, go ahead and make two per serving. Totally up to you. I fry my eggs over medium, but you could also serve them sunny side up or even scramble them. Whatever you like. Serve the egg over the top of the stir fry once everything is ready.

Stir fry breakfast quinoa and wild rice (via abeautifulmess.com) Then add your Sriracha or other hot sauce. If you don’t like hot sauce, you could add a 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes to the stir fry instead. 🙂 Enjoy! xo. Emma

Note: If you are enjoying this as part of the Weekday Weekend Challenge be sure to use maple syrup instead of brown sugar, and also make sure the hot sauce you choose doesn’t have any added sugars as some do.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Stir Fry Breakfast Quinoa + Wild Rice

Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup uncooked wild rice or brown rice
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar or maple syrup
  • 2-3 eggs
  • Sriracha or other hot sauce to serve

Instructions

  1. First cook the quinoa and rice. The particular rice I was using called for the same ratio of water to grains and cook time as my quinoa. So I was able to cook them at the same time in the same pot. But check packages and cook according to the directions. I prefer to make my quinoa/rice mix a day or two ahead of time and store in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator. Dry quinoa/rice stir fries better than fresh, damp rice. Also, this cuts down on your cooking time. So if you make the quinoa/rice ahead of time, you can throw this breakfast together in 10-12 minutes.
  2. Mince the garlic, dice the bell pepper and chop the green onions. In a cup or small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar and brown sugar or maple syrup. Set aside until you need it.
  3. In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium/high heat. Cook the bell pepper for 2-3 minutes until it begins to soften. Toss in the garlic and cook another minute. Now add in the cooked quinoa/rice mixture. Pour the sauce over everything and cook for 3-5 minutes until the moisture is gone and the quinoa/rice starts to pop up from the pan. Be sure to stir every once in a while during this process so things don’t stick to the pan, but there’s no need to constantly stir. Toss on the green onions and turn off the heat, but let the mixture sit and stay warm in the pan while you work on the eggs.
  4. I like to serve one egg per serving, but if you’re really hungry, go ahead and make two per serving. Totally up to you. I fry my eggs over medium, but you could also serve them sunny side up or even scramble them. Whatever you like. Serve the egg over the top of the stir fry once everything is ready.
  5. Then add your Sriracha or other hot sauce. If you don’t like hot sauce, you could add a 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes to the stir fry instead.
  • Oh perfect comment! I was just wondering what a good vegan option to the egg would be <3

    -Elyse

  • This is calling my name!!!! I’m def going through a siracha kick in my life right now 🙂 Might need to make this tomorrow morning!!

    Elyse

  • What else could you serve this with besides a eggs?! They always make my stomach hurt and it’s hard to find breakfast recipes that aren’t waffles or omelets so I would love some new healthy breakfast recipes that aren’t oatmeal!

  • This is so do-able!!!
    I have been putting eggs on everything since I was a kid! That includes leftover spaghetti, mashed potatos, stuffing, mac&cheese. No need to make stuff up in advance just for breakfast, use leftovers for that savory need. Leftover fajita vegies are awesome with scrambled eggs in torts for brkfst. And the Sirracha….ALWAYS!!!

  • Oh my goodness, my mouth is watering now! I’ve recently become a huge fan of quinoa and if you add red pepper and garlic into the mix…yeah, I’m definitely sold on this recipe. Can’t wait to give it a try!

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  • Yummm! Now I’m hungry and it’s way too late to eat haha. Making this dish for breakfast this weekend for sure, minus the spicy things so it’s toddler friendly. Veggies in rice is the perfect sneaky way to get toddlers to eat veggies haha.

  • I def need to try this!! I use siracha all the time in breakfast foods, its perfect!

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  • what a great idea to incorporate quinoa into breakfast. it looks so delish!

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  • This looks so delicious! all of my favourite foods and flavours all wrapped into one. I never would have thought to mix rice and quinoa together but this looks so tasty!

  • looks absolutely delicious! how stunning!

    courtney
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  • I’ve been wanting to find a good breakfast quinoa recipe for a while and this is gold. Thanks so much for sharing- I’m really excited to try!

  • This looks delicious!!!! Making it for my husband this weekend, he goes crazy over the eggs, rice, Sriracha combo!

    Thanks!
    Kalyn Goff

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  • That looks AMAZING! I’m on a big quinoa kick. Now if only I had time to make it in the morning..

    -Nicole
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  • I’ve only had quinoa once and it was curried (and I really really really don’t like curry). But I felt like quinoa and I could be friends if cooked correctly.
    This looks super yummy! I really want to try cooking quinoa for myself and this looks like a great recipe to use!

    Kristin // The Peculiar Treasure
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  • Oh yes, brown rice would work just as well. You could even use white rice if you like.

    -Emma

  • Hi Chari,

    Good to hear your interest. Although you’ll likely have to convince Laura or Elsie bc I’m mostly vegetarian so you don’t really want me sharing meat recipes. 🙂

    -Emma

  • There is a little brown sugar in the sauce but you can omit it if you prefer.

    -Emma

  • I have never even thought of cooking quinoa for breakfast– and with sriracha. oh good golly! I am definitely trying this one.

    xo, Becky
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  • I have to find some time to do this breakfast! It looks tasty! 😀

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  • Oh my! This is going to be my breakfast this weekend, and dinner next week, and lunch the next 🙂

    Inma x

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  • Ohhh my god…this looks amazing. My husband would die just off the Siracha alone! Add the quinoa..done deal

  • My family love anything spicy so I’ll be trying this for sure! Will also be great for my vegetarian son…thanks so much for sharing!

  • This looks so unbelievably delicious! I’m definitely going to give this a try next week!

    Paige
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  • Oh, I had no idea you could make such a meal like that one! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Have a lovely day,
    Vera

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  • I’ve just recently started eating quinoa and never thought about having it for breakfast! I definitely will now, thanks 🙂 http://kirsty.ws/

  • This looks yum… will def try this one soon.. will taste as good with brown rice instead of wild rice? Egg on top is the highlight of the dish…although i like them fully done, no runny yolk for me!

    xo
    Hems
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  • Whoa! Another killer recipe!

    I wish I could be eating this right now, and it’s 5pm in the UK as I type this. I think this would do an awesome quick lunch or dinner too.

    Rita
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  • I think that looks pretty good myself. Thanks for the idea.

    I have a request, however. For us meat eating folks out there, would you guys be willing to consider some more dishes with chicken, steak, etc. etc.? I realize many of your recipes can be adapted to add meat (and have done so, actually), but sometimes it’s nice to not have to think so hard.

  • Yum yum! I’m a big fan of anything with sriracha on it and I love the idea of stir frying quinoa. I am a vegan so I don’t eat eggs, but I think this would be really tasty with some tofu mixed in. I often have a hard time getting enough protein in for my morning meal, but this looks like a great way to do that and get the day off to a great start! Thank you for posting this!

    x Kathryn
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  • This looks so good- my boyfriend hates eggs end of, what a weirdo! I agree, runny yolks are the best.

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  • I totally agree with you, runny yolks for life! Savory breakfast foods are definitely my favorite. Once in a while though I can’t resist a nice piece of french toast. Yum!
    I have never considered doing quinoa with eggs but it looks delicious. I will have to give this recipe a try stat!

    ~megan
    www.booksteaandnyc

  • holy smokes. This looks so good, where was I when this was being made?!
    -Josh

  • This looks perfect for breakfast, I just wish I liked eggs!

    Lauren x
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  • Just made a huge batch of quinoa last night – this looks like breakfast…

  • Yummmm – this looks amazing! And so easy, given that I’m so short on time in the mornings.

    xxColby
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  • This looks awesome! I’m already trying to eat less sugar and this seems perfect.

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  • Hi Emma! I’m usually not a big fan of eggs (strange I know!) but I think this recipe is perfect for a stir fry dinner. Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo from Miami, FL – Jessy
    www.letsfallinloveblog.com

  • I’m a part of the savoury breakfast club too, and this recipe looks like a keeper! Plus it has a fried egg on top, so I know i’ll love it!

    M.

  • With so much of that Sauce it ll get really spicy. for europeans: use only the half 😀

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