Pantry in a Pinch: Kimchi & Quinoa Fried Rice

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With all the posts about how to meal prep and batch cooking, it’s not always easy to find a recipe for when you’re in a pinch. You know those nights where you don’t want to cook. Maybe you just didn’t have time to make your fridge into a prepped meal haven. Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite under 10 minute meals that are built for just those nights.

I don’t often opt for pre-cooked grains but they are a great back up to have in the pantry. They make a great base for last minute meals with little time. You could always make a batch of quinoa of whatever grain you have on hand to make this recipe work.

I’ve been trying to add more fermented foods into my diet. Kimchi and sauerkraut are great additions to your meals to get in those extra probiotics. And I love sneaking them in with this fried rice. You can add more or less to taste depending on how spicy you buy yours. Because I’m a wimp I definitely keep mild on hand. You can find kimchi in the produce section with the sprouts.



The other major component of this recipe is the veggies. When I made this for a quick lunch the other day, I used frozen mixed veggies and broccoli. You can use whatever you have on hand. This recipe is super versatile so you can adapt it as needed.

Pantry in a Pinch: Kimchi & Quinoa Fried Rice

This super quick and easy kimchi & quinoa rice recipe will keep you on track even when you don't feel like cooking.

Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 bowl


  • 1/2 cup or pack of pre-cooked grains I used quinoa
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil olive oil or earth balance
  • 1/4 cup kimchi
  • 1 cup frozen veggies
  • 1-2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • salt & pepper for seasoning


  1. Heat a medium sized pan on medium/high heat. Add in oil/earth balance.
  2. Once oil is hot, add in your frozen veggies & kimchi to cook. Season with a little salt and pepper. I used 2 grinds of salt and 1 of pepper.
  3. Cook the veggies stirring them occasionally for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add in the grains & tamari with the veggies and stir to combine them so the grains can get hot. I used about 1.5 tbsp of tamari.
  5. After about 3 minutes the veggie & grain combo should be good to go! Add any additional seasonings and plate up.

I hope this recipe helps keep you fueled on even the craziest of nights. And if you make it, tag me on Instagram and let me know with the hashtag #saveeandsavory.

Have a great week friends!

Until next time





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