Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

Quinoa, the principal grain of the Incas, is high in protein and contains all eight essential amino acids. Rinsing the quinoa very well before cooking effectively eliminates its slightly bitter "green" taste. I found this recipe at This would be great stuffed into pork chops.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place quinoa in a colander and rinse under cold running water.
  2. Drain well.
  3. In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
  4. Add scallions and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes or until scallions are tender.
  5. Stir in quinoa and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly toasted.
  6. Add boiling water, salt, and pepper.
  7. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook 20 to 25 minutes or until quinoa is tender.
  8. Stir in cherries and pecans.
Most Helpful

This is the recipe I've been looking for! I like my grains a little drier so in the future I'll try using less water, but otherwise it was great. The cherries plump up and add such a nice suprise to the pilaf. Thank you Rita!

Daphne2002 March 05, 2003

i used craisins instead of dried cherries since that was what i had at home. came out perfect and is now a staple in our home.

adinascotch February 09, 2007

I too agree this lacked flavour, maybe adding some herbs would give it a boost, I used vegetable broth instead of water which I would say helped but still wasnt enough. Has potential though.

N0_0ne February 09, 2010