Stir-Fried Curried Quinoa with Ham and Broccoli

Total Time
22 min
18 min
4 min
You can use the entire broccoli stalk for this recipe. Stems (peeled with a paring knife, then diced) are delicious. If you’re in a rush, just use florets.


uncooked quinoa

½ cup(s)

reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 cup(s)

peanut oil

2 Tbsp, or vegetable oil

uncooked onion(s)

½ cup(s), chopped, chopped

cooked ham (sliced, cubed, or shredded)

4 oz, smoked, diced

uncooked broccoli

3 cup(s), florets and stems cut in 1/2-inch dice

curry powder

1½ tsp

table salt

¼ tsp

black pepper

¼ tsp

reduced-sodium chicken broth

3 Tbsp


2 Tbsp, chopped, optional


  1. 1. In a 1-quart saucepan combine quinoa and 1 cup of chicken broth and bring to a boil over high heat. When broth comes to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes or until all broth has been absorbed. Uncover, fluff and set aside.
  2. 2. Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok or 12 inch skillet over high heat until a bead of water vaporizes within 1 to 2 seconds of contact. Swirl in oil, add onion and stir-fry 10 seconds or until fragrant. Add ham and stir-fry 30 seconds or until combined with onion. Add broccoli, curry powder, salt and pepper, and stir-fry 1 minute or until broccoli is bright green. Swirl in remaining 3 Tbsp chicken broth and stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes or until the vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove from heat. Add quinoa and cilantro if desired. and stir to combine. Yields 1 cup per serving.


Many cooks like to rinse quinoa in cold water before cooking. If you buy a brand labeled "pre-rinsed" this step is less important.

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