Garlic Mushroom Quinoa

An easy, healthy side dish that you’ll want to make with every single meal!

Garlic Mushroom Quinoa - An easy, healthy side dish that you'll want to make with every single meal!

With the weather hitting 90 degrees this week, I think it’s safe to say that bikini season is officially here. So in an attempt to shed off all that donut weight, Jason and I have really been trying to get into this whole “clean-eating” situation. And instead of our usual carb-loaded french-fry-onion-ring-deep-fried side dishes, I decided to make a healthy, protein-rich side dish. That is, after we’ve had our morning cup of coffees and maple bars.

Garlic Mushroom Quinoa - An easy, healthy side dish that you'll want to make with every single meal!

Garlic Mushroom Quinoa - An easy, healthy side dish that you'll want to make with every single meal!

Garlic Mushroom Quinoa - An easy, healthy side dish that you'll want to make with every single meal!

Garlic Mushroom Quinoa - An easy, healthy side dish that you'll want to make with every single meal!

 Garlic Mushroom Quinoa - An easy, healthy side dish that you'll want to make with every single meal!

Garlic Mushroom Quinoa - An easy, healthy side dish that you'll want to make with every single meal!

Garlic Mushroom Quinoa - An easy, healthy side dish that you'll want to make with every single meal!

Now instead of just serving up a boring old bowl of quinoa, I decided to have a little bit of fun with it and add in one of my all-time favorite veggies = mushrooms. Not only do they have an amazing distinct flavor but they also add a range of nutritional and health benefits right into your meal! And no, this is not a sponsored post for mushrooms. I just REALLY love mushrooms.

Garlic Mushroom Quinoa - An easy, healthy side dish that you'll want to make with every single meal!

So that’s what this is – a boring old bowl of quinoa with a fun twist, chockfull of mushrooms, garlic and thyme. It’s so simple and comes together so easily – it’s practically fool-proof!

Garlic Mushroom Quinoa

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes

Total Time 35 minutes

Yield 6 servings

Garlic Mushroom Quinoa

An easy, healthy side dish that you'll want to make with every single meal!


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan


  • In a large saucepan of 2 cups water, cook quinoa according to package instructions; set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add mushrooms, garlic and thyme, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in quinoa until well combined.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with Parmesan, if desired.



  1. says

    I used to hate mushrooms, but recently I’ve become obsessed, and in this quinoa dish they look absolutely amazing. Anything garlicky is already up my alley :) pinned, and totally trying soon!

  2. Emma B. says

    Can’t wait to make this. Looks delicious! What pan are you using here? It looks like a great size and weight. (Looking to overhaul our current pots and pans.)

  3. says

    Life is all about moderation, and I’m 200% okay with eating a donut at breakfast and a healthy side dish for dinner! (Especially if it’s my favorite kiddie chocolate donut with chocolate frosting and rainbow sprinkles.) If only I wasn’t allergic to mushrooms — they look like they really make the dish! Maybe I could use asparagus or broccoli and pretend it’s just as good… 😉

    • Chung-Ah says

      I love that the chocolate donut with sprinkles is your childhood favorite. I’m so boring – I still can’t get over the glazed donut holes!

  4. Jenn Y says

    I am making this tonight! So glad I found this on Pinterest! It will be a perfect addition to our grilled chicken and salad. Thanks!

  5. says

    Sounds delicious. I love the combination of thyme and mushrooms. I am going to make it with rainbow quinoa, that is my favorite!!

  6. Bulok says

    Adding a splash of white wine to the mushroom before adding the quinoa would probably make this divine. Can’t wait to try it out

  7. Glenda says

    I just made this and it’s delicious!! Do you have the nutritional info, by any chance? Thanks!

    • Chung-Ah says

      I’m so glad you had a chance to try this! As for the nutritional information, I am not entirely comfortable sharing this as I am not a registered dietician. It is best to use the many online resources at your discretion to obtain such information.

  8. Sara says

    I’m making this right now….. the mushrooms smell sooooo good! I’m using a combination of crimini and shiitake mushrooms, because that’s what we had on hand, and making it to go with lemon-garlic braised chicken thighs.

  9. Brandie says

    I just made this dish tonight! Wow it’s so simple and delicious! I single and I’m always looking for dishes to cook that are simple and don’t require a lot of ingredients. This is perfect. This was my first time cooking quinoa and I loved it. Perfect summer dish!

  10. Taylor says

    This dish may have broken my attachment to pasta as a comfort food— all of the flavor and texture I love, but far more nutritious. Thank you for giving me a reason to use all of the quinoa in my pantry.

  11. Angie says

    I added some zucchini to this recipe to make it more of a meal than a side dish and it was perfect with a salad for dinner. I think I will make it as is for my next get together though, since it was so simple and uses ingredients I usually have on hand anyway. Thx so much for this recipe.

  12. Jill says

    I’m just wondering how this will keep for leftovers/reheating the next day? Anyone have issues or suggestions?

  13. Ashley says

    My fiance made this for dinner tonight (he rarely cooks, asked me what ‘simmer’ meant while making it) and it turned out great! Thanks for a wonderful recipe, will be making again!

  14. Colleen says

    Sounds amazing! I might add chicken to make it a full meal and freeze it. Any suggestions on turning this into a freezer meal?

    • Chungah says

      Chicken sounds like an amazing addition! As for the freezer meal, I actually have not tried freezing this just yet – there were no leftovers to freeze!

    • Chungah says

      Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself – there were no leftovers left to freeze! I recommend using your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

  15. DENISE KUDRNA says

    I have made this several times, and passed the recipe on to others.
    One of the best, tastiest Quinoa recipes I have ever had!

  16. Julie Hampton says

    Very good I actually added some diced onions to the mix as I love onions definitely will be making this again

  17. Ria says

    This has been on my list of things to make for so long! Finally got around to making it tonight and it was a huge hit. Thanks!

  18. Misty says

    I just made this tonight and added fajita beef and some Worcestershire and white cooking wine, served with some crusty bread – delish!

  19. Kristie says

    I just made this recipe and it came out good but I find that it came out a little dry. Is there something I can put in it for next time if it comes out a little dry?

  20. Norah says

    Just made it today. It’s delicious, the best mushroom quinoa I made so far!! I added some oregano and it turned out great!

  21. ydelle litwack says

    Yes this can be frozen and quinoa is very high in protein so you can use this as a meal by adding other veggies even beans.. Love quinoa will have to make this a stretch the budget.

  22. Terryg says

    I plan to make this tonight! I actually barked “Hah!” when the name “Damn Delicious” came up first in the search results for “how to tart up a quinoa side dish.” Thank you in advance for what I’m sure is going to be an excellent and easy recipe.

  23. Karima Zannotti says

    Great recipe. I imported into my fitness pal for the nutrion info and below is what it gave me…someone was asking so though I’d post.

    Nutrition Facts
    Servings 6.0
    Amount Per Serving
    calories 160
    % Daily Value *
    Total Fat 5 g 7 %
    Saturated Fat 1 g 4 %
    Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 2 mg 1 %
    Sodium 437 mg 18 %
    Potassium 560 mg 16 %
    Total Carbohydrate 23 g 8 %
    Dietary Fiber 2 g 7 %
    Sugars 0 g
    Protein 7 g 15 %
    Vitamin A 0 %
    Vitamin C 2 %
    Calcium 10 %
    Iron 21 %
    * The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

  24. says

    Looking for recipes to use quinoa and I stumbled upon this one. We tried it here at home and it is very good!! We as in myself and my husband 😉 I was happy he enjoyed it too! Thanks for a delicious and healthy repeat recipe!! Yum you have to try it.

  25. Mary Kay says

    So far so good – I added some veg stock to help it along. Next time, I’m going to sauté some onion, add in the mushrooms and garlic, etc.

    Thanks for the recipe!


    • Chungah says

      Unfortunately, as I am not an expert on food safety, I cannot answer with certainty if this would keep for 4-5 days. Please use your best judgment on food storage.

  26. Lauren says

    I’ve made this exactly as written (wonderful!) but tonight I also added spinach and it was a nice addition. Thanks for the recipe!!

  27. Peggy says

    Only had canned mushrooms. Gonna try it any way. Using beef broth to make the quinoa. It will be the son and hubby’s first quinoa. Fingers crossed.

  28. Rachel says

    I just found this (thank you, Pinterest!), and am going to make this with cauliflower rice instead of the quinoa (it’s not on my lc plan). Mushrooms rock, and the potential for this looks great. Thanks!

  29. Jennifer S. says

    I made this recipe last night as a side dish for my husband because I am not a huge mushroom fan and he loved it!!! But not only that, when I told him your recipe suggested adding parmesan cheese if desired he was soooo over joyed because he says it closely resembled a risotto and he LOVES risotto!! Thanks again!

  30. Kiersen Mogab says

    I love this recipe!! I’ve made it many times and the only thing I ever add is sun-dried tomatoes. Thanks for sharing such delicious recipes!

  31. dOnKaMiNoOr says

    Made it, ate it ! Was very easy and soooo good ! We ate it with grilled lamb chops.
    Only thing, I had to use couscous instead of quinoa cause I didn’t have any and not so easy to find in my part of the world ;).
    Will make it again and again, for sure !

    Thank you.

  32. Aliera says

    I just made this, and added in some chicken to make it a meal since I was only cooking for me, and it’s so good!!! My fiance and most of my friends really don’t like mushrooms, but I want to make it again! Yum!

  33. LaLaLinz says

    Just made this — delicious! I used chicken broth to make the quinoa but otherwise followed the recipe. Between the garlic and thyme it was perfectly flavored!

  34. says

    I suggested this recipe to my friend and she made this last night for Passover. It was a HIT !!! Glad I got a little leftover to eat tonight! I will make it myself soon!

  35. Michele says

    Made this tonight for supper….Yummy yummy!!!! My husband, who sometimes fears trying new things LOVED this! Thanks for the recipe!

  36. says

    I made this as dinner for me. Quick and healthy and delicious! Next time I will cook the quinoa with chicken broth or vegetable broth instead of water. Gives the quinoa more flavor. I usually do in other recipes. Thanks. This is a winner.

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