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Quinoa Pilaf

Quinoa Pilaf is an easy to make, delicious side dish loaded with flavor.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword almonds, gluten free, Quinoa Pilaf
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 443 kcal
Author Cultured Palate


  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 c. quinoa
  • 1 1/3 c. water broth may also be used
  • 1/2 c almonds chopped (pecans or walnuts are also good!)
  • 1/2 c. fresh parsley chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In medium saucepan, melt butter.
  2. Add chopped onions and cook over medium heat until soft - about 6 minutes.
  3. Add quinoa and toss quickly to heat then add 1 1/3 cups water.
  4. Bring to simmer, reduce heat to simmer and cover.
  5. Cook until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is soft - about 20 minutes.
  6. Stir in the nuts and parsley.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Other nuts may be substituted for the almonds.

This recipe works well in place of most rice dishes.

Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Pilaf
Amount Per Serving
Calories 443 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 122mg5%
Potassium 663mg19%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 2845IU57%
Vitamin C 41.3mg50%
Calcium 126mg13%
Iron 5.3mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.