Quick Quinoa & Corn Saute


by Jul 15th, 2010 // Recipes, Sides

Quick Quinoa & Corn Saute

We had a lot of left over corn on the cob from the BBQ this past weekend so last night we turned it into this yummy side dish. I used a little creativity to get my kid to try it… I told him it was “red cous cous.” Then I told him red cous cous is called quinoa. Worked like a charm.

Quinoa is the perfect compliment to corn because it is light and fluffy and has a slightly nutty flavor. It’s also high in protein which makes it a much healthier side dish than cous cous or pasta. Now for the recipe…

Quick Quinoa & Corn Saute Recipe

Prep Time: 5 mins  Cooking Time: 20 mins (mostly unattended)

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
2 ears of corn
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon salted butter
1 clove garlic (pressed)
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
salt & fresh ground pepper

Rinse quinoa thoroughly. Bring quinoa and water to a boil. Turn down heat, cover and let simmer for approximately 15 minutes or until all water is absorbed and the germ ring is showing on the quinoa. Meanwhile, use a sharp knife to remove corn kernels. Heat olive oil and butter in a large pan on medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Pour in corn kernels and saute until corn begins to look slightly roasted. Turn down the heat to medium-low and add cooked quinoa. Season with paprika, salt and pepper and serve warm.

Quick Quinoa & Corn Saute

Quick Quinoa & Corn Saute

6 Comments on “Quick Quinoa & Corn Saute”

  1. 1.) miss whistle
    July 17th, 2010

    Why is quinoa so ridiculously appealling? It can do no wrong in my book. This looks scrumptious!

  2. 2.) CookingWithMyKid
    July 19th, 2010

    I agree! Good thing I have to make 365 different recipes, otherwise I'd be making quinoa every night.

  3. 3.) jeswel
    August 13th, 2010

    Tried this as a side dish with dinner the other night and it was absolutely fabulous!

  4. 4.) Ashley
    August 13th, 2010

    We had this for dinner tonight and it was absolutely amazing!!! As a vegetarian, I need to eat more quinoa, and I am so glad to have this recipe that makes the kind of weird quinoa taste really good (and normal!!). I used the traditional (not red) quinoa and it was really good, but not as pretty as your guys.

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