Stir-fry prawn and quinoa

Quick and healthy meals don't get much better than this prawn stir-fry. This recipe utilises quinoa, a nutrient dense superfood that's so simple to cook. Enjoy for a delicious midweek lunch or dinner

  • 10 mins preparation
  • 10 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Recipe by : Jo Wilcox
Photography by : Melanie Jenkins
This recipe first appeared in Food magazine.
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  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely sliced
  • 1 inch piece ginger, finely sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced into thin wedges
  • 1 red chilli, finely sliced
  • 300 gram prawn cutlets
  • 2 tablespoon black bean and garlic sauce
  • 150 gram green beans, cut into bite-sized batons
  • 2 bok choy, roughly sliced
  • 1 packet snow peas, halved
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cup cooked red quinoa, cooled
Egg omlette
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • vegetable cooking spray


  • 1
    Heat the sesame oil in a large frying pan or wok and sauté the garlic, ginger, onion and chilli for 2-3 minutes over a medium high heat until they are soft and fragrant.
  • 2
    Add the prawns and the black bean sauce and cook a further 2-3 minutes until the prawns turn pink and the sauce starts to caramelise. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • 3
    Add the beans, bok choy and snow peas to the pan along with the water and cover for 1 minute until they turn bright green and begin to soften. Add the quinoa and prawn mix back to the pan and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes until everything is hot and sizzling.
  • 4
    Serve in noodle bowls and garnish with egg omelette (see below).
Egg omlette
  • 5
    Whisk the egg with 1 tablespoon water and a pinch of salt and pepper. Lightly spray a small frying pan with oil and add the beaten egg; swirl the pan to coat with a thin layer of the egg. Let it cook for between 30 seconds and 1 minute until set. Gently roll the omelette up and slice into strips.


  • To avoid overcooking your prawns and greens, get organised and prep everything before you start stir-frying. - Quinoa should be rinsed in a sieve under cold water before cooking. To cook, simmer 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups water, covered, over a low heat for 15 minutes.