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Mushroom Quinoa

Mushroom Quinoa is cooked with fresh thyme and butter, making it rich and earthy. This dish uses cooked quinoa and fresh mushrooms to create a vegetarian dish that can be used as a side or a main meal!

Quinoa has definitely risen in popularity over the last decade and for good reason! When cooked, it has a light and fluffy texture that soaks up any flavor well including herbs and mushrooms.

Mushrooms are also packed with flavor. They add a delicious depth of umami richness to this dish.

For this recipe, you’ll use already cooked quinoa which will save you time and is a great way to use up any leftovers that you may have. The cooked quinoa gets added to a flavorful mix of mushrooms, broth, herbs, and butter to soak up all the flavor and make a delicious meal!

Mushroom quinoa on a spoon.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Unsalted Butter – Used to saute the mushrooms and give them a rich buttery flavor.
  • Cremini & Baby White Mushrooms – These two mushrooms give the dish its classic earthy flavor and umami taste.
  • Vegetable Broth – Infuses the mushrooms with even more vegetable flavor and nutrients. Chicken broth may be used in place of vegetable broth.
  • Fresh Thyme – Adds a bright citrus herb flavor to the dish that pairs well with the meaty flavor of mushrooms.
  • Salt & Pepper – Enhances all of the flavors in the dish by bringing them into balance.
  • Cooked Quinoa – This grain is versatile soaks up any flavor you add to it.
Ingredients needed for mushroom quinoa.

How To Make Mushroom Quinoa

  1. Braise the mushrooms: Add the butter to a large skillet along with the broth and mushrooms over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer while stirring and cook for 10 minutes or until the mushrooms begin to soften and reduce.
  2. Infuse the thyme: Pour out all of the broth from the mushroom mixture except for 2-3 tablespoons. Then, add the thyme, salt, and pepper and continue to cook until it becomes fragrant. This should take about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the quinoa: To the mushroom mixture, add COOKED quinoa and stir until combined. Cook for another 4-5 minutes to absorb the flavors.
  4. Garnish and serve: Ladle into serving dishes or bowls and top with fresh thyme.
Collage showing how to make mushroom quinoa.

Recipe Tips

  1. You can use any variety of mushroom in this recipe, just make sure they are sliced into similar sized pieces so they cook evenly.
  2. When adding the cooked quinoa, make sure it’s cold and not already warmed. The steam will heat it up and infuse the flavor into the grain.
  3. The mushroom quinoa can be eaten hot right away or at room temperature as leftovers.


  • If you want to give the mushroom quinoa a little more bold flavor, try adding some white wine or balsamic vinegar.
  • Instead of thyme, try using rosemary, sage, or parsley, or a mix of fresh herbs.
  • You can use a blend of cooked quinoa including white, red, and black for a more colorful mushroom quinoa.
  • Add freshly minced garlic to the mushroom mixture for an added zing.
  • If you are not vegetarian, try adding cooked chicken or shrimp to the mushroom quinoa for a more protein-packed meal.
  • Add additional cooked vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, or bell peppers to the mushroom quinoa for a more filling dish.
Close up view of a pot of quinoa mixed with mushrooms.

What are the best mushrooms to add to quinoa?

For mushroom quinoa, you can use any you enjoy. We like to use cremini or white button mushrooms since they cook down nicely and have a rich mushroom flavor.

Can I make this with red quinoa?

Yes, you can use red or black quinoa instead of white. Red and black varieties have a more bold flavor but are also less soft than white quinoa which will change the texture.

Can I make this recipe vegan?

Yes, make mushroom quinoa vegan by using a vegan butter substitute. You’ll also need to make sure you use vegetable stock for cooking the mushroom mixture.

Storing and Freezing

Storing: To store leftovers, make sure the quinoa is cooled completely before transferring to an airtight container where it will stay fresh for four to five days. Reheat in a microwave or on the stovetop.

Freezing: To freeze, place the quinoa mushroom mixture into a freezer-safe container and store for up to two months. When ready to eat, thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat.

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Close up view of a spoon in a bowl of mushroom quinoa.

Mushroom Quinoa

Yield: About 6 Cups
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Mushroom Quinoa is cooked with fresh thyme and butter, making it rich and earthy. This dish uses cooked quinoa and fresh mushrooms to create a vegetarian dish that can be used as a side or a main meal!


  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 16 ounces of cremini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 16 ounces of baby white mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • ¼ cup of chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly minced thyme
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 3 cups of cooked quinoa


  1. Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat then add the mushrooms and chicken broth. 
  2. Allow the ingredients to simmer for about 10 minutes or until the mushrooms start to reduce significantly. Stir occasionally to ensure the mushrooms cook evenly.
  3. Pour out all the broth except 2-3 tablespoons then add the thyme, salt and pepper. Cook until the thyme becomes fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the quinoa and let it cook for 4-5 more minutes.
  5. Serve hot with fresh thyme sprigs for garnish if desired. See post for storage options.


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 cup of mushroom quinoa. Actual calories will vary.

*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

*Photos courtesy of Karla Rae Photography.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 198Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 304mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 9g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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