Curry Fried Quinoa with Mussels

curry fried quinoa with mussels in a white bowl

Who said quinoa has to always be in a salad? I like quinoa for the fact that it’s healthy and easy to cook. However, I can get bored with it in salads. And I don’t know if anyone’s the same, but I find that quinoa on its own has this little smell I don’t really like. I don’t know know how to explain the smell because I haven’t smelt anything like it before.

Okay, maybe it’s just the unique smell of quinoa. 😂😂

Back to the point where quinoa in salads can get boring sometimes — a while back, I started making fried quinoa to keep myself interested and still incorporate it into my regular diet. For the fried quinoa to be healthy, I use a non-stick pan to cook it and just a little bit of healthy cooking oil to grease the pan.

curry fried quinoa with mussels in a white bowl

As for the recipe I’m sharing with you in this post, I use a Thai curry paste to season the quinoa. To be honest, I use a curry paste in my fried quinoa almost every time because a) I always have at least one type of Thai curry paste in my fridge and b) I like spicy food. The curry paste just gives the quinoa so much flavor. And believe me, curry fried quinoa is as good as fried quinoa gets.

Also, this dish is really easy to make and perfect for busy midweek nights. And if you’re like me, you can even make it easier by cooking the quinoa ahead of time on Sunday or something. I cook a week’s worth of seeds and grains in advance all the time because it saves me a lot of time and keeps me on track.

If you’re often busy during the week but still want to have decent home cooked meals, I’m sure you’re going to love this recipe. 🙂


Curry Fried Quinoa with Mussels Recipe

curry fried quinoa with mussels in a white bowl

This curry fried quinoa is made using a Thai curry paste and therefore super delicious!

  • Author: Cooking with Nart
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


  • 1 cup dried quinoa, rinsed
  • ⅓ cup diced carrot
  • ⅓ cup edamame
  • 1 cup mussels
  • ⅓ tablespoon curry paste of your choice (I use a Thai one.)
  • 1.5 teaspoon soy sauce


  1. Place the quinoa and 2 cups of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium and simmer the quinoa for 15 minutes. Set the cooked quinoa aside.
  2. Set a frying pan over medium heat and grease with a little bit of cooking oil.
  3. Toss the carrot, edamame and mussels into the pan.
  4. When the mussels start to cook, add the quinoa to the pan.
  5. Season with the curry paste and soy sauce. Mix with a spatula until all the quinoa is coated with the seasoning.
  6. Remove from heat and serve immediately.


If your curry paste is not strong in flavor or taste, you may want to add more soy sauce.

Keywords: fried quinoa, thai curry, mussels, edamame

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  • Reply
    Fiona Manoon
    March 28, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing recipes.Great blog!!!

    • Reply
      March 30, 2019 at 7:47 pm

      You’re welcome! Thank you!!

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