Coconut-Cashew Red Quinoa

Coconut Cashew Quinoa

Quinoa is classified with the rest of the grains but did you know it’s not actually a grain – it’s a seed. It’s been around for over 6,000 years, originating in the Andean region of South America. The Incas held the crop to be sacred and referred to it as chisaya mama, meaning mother of all grains.

Nutritionally speaking, this “grain” is the mother of all grains, in protein. It’s the highest grain-like crop in protein, ranging from 12% to 18%. Unlike wheat or rice, quinoa is a complete protein. This dish can act as the main course or makes a great side dish, adding an exotic punch to an otherwise ordinary meal. Enjoy!

Coconut-Cashew Red Quinoa
Serves: 6
  • ½ cup coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 1½ cups red quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh pineapple chunks, unsweetened and chopped
  • ¼ cup salted cashews, chopped
  1. Heat coconut milk in a large saucepan. Add shallots and red onion and cook over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes. Add water; bring to a boil.
  2. Add quinoa, sugar, salt and pepper; cover and cook on low heat for 20 minutes. Add pineapple and cashews and cook for additional 3-4 minutes, or until most liquid is absorbed. Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro. Serve hot.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 251; Fat 9g; Sat Fat 4g; Chol 0mg; Sodium 410mg; Carb 36g; Fiber 4g; Protein 8g.


Click here to try my Tomato Mint Quinoa Salad.


  1. says

    What a nice way to serve quinoa…the ingredients in it are awesome…thanks for the recipe as I want to add more grains in my diet :-)

  2. says

    Hi Trish! This dish looks super tasty and filled with good stuff for the body! I’ve not had many Thai dishes in it yet so, that’s a lovely touch that I can’t wait to try :-) Thanks for posting another delicious dish!

  3. says

    Wow.this looks excellent. And so pretty too!
    This reminds me of a dish I made at a culinary workshop. It had quinoa as well as other rices and coconut milk. We added almonds, dried figs, and raisins. It was a sweeter dish and so delicious!!

  4. Beth C. says

    I’ve been searching for a nice coconut rice recipe… quinoa is even better! I’ll def. try this out soon, looks yummy!

  5. says

    Oh wow..what a stunning photos and recipe is so amazing! Nicely done Trish!!!

  6. says

    I’m always looking for new ways to cook quinoa and this looks delicious!

  7. says

    Love the colors in this healthy dish! It sounds great and super nutritious. I haven’t noticed much of a flavor difference between different colors of quinoa either, but I often pick red for its color.

  8. says

    Hi Trish
    thats a really nice combination of flavors in your Quinoa, I do love cashews too, but I would never have thought of adding nuts to the Quinoa….what a great idea!
    I know my girls will love this!

  9. says

    I’d be so happy with that bowl. I love the combination of flavors… great job! Your photos are beautiful!

    • says

      Hi Katie. THanks for visiting. Sure, I will check out the post. Cheers!

  10. says

    quinoa is quite in the spot light these days; I love its flavor and texture. Your dish looks so fresh & delicious!

  11. says

    Quinoa, pineapple, coconut milk….ahh, yes…this sounds like a bowl of heaven! I love the flavors of Thai cuisine, but I don’t make it nearly as much as I should. We always go out (even though I prefer cooking at home). So now that I have this great recipe…I’m going to have to get into the kitchen this weekend. Thank you for bringing a little brightness in my day. I appreciate you!

  12. says

    I love quinoa but I never know how to cook it. i keep buying it and using one of the recipe behind the box lol. Thanks for sharing this recipe! Now I have a really good one. And cashew in it? My dream!

  13. says

    This has to be delicious because I love everything in it! It sure is tropical feeling, but in this cold weather, sometimes that’s just what you need for a pick me up. Lovely!

  14. says

    You and me both! I’d love to be on a tropical island right now, too. I love all your healthy dishes, Trish. You put together flavor combinations that I wouldn’t think and the dishes are nutritionally balanced to boot! Thanks for the all inspiration lately!

    • says

      Aww, thanks for saying that Jean. Appreciate it. I’m ready to jet-set to the islands when you are :-)

  15. says

    Sounds very healthy almost like a dessert. I’d for sure lose weight if I was eating the dishes you make ~sigh~

    • says

      I know. It’s almost a dessert. If it were a grain like rice it might be but the heartiness of quinoa doesn’t allow it to be quite a dessert. Thanks for reading, Lisa :-)

  16. says

    Wonderful mix of ingredients. I love the coconut mixed with pineapple and cashew.

  17. says

    Interesting is right. I use coconut in grains (black rice is my fave) with cardamom and honey but I like this savory twist. I too am craving exotic/interesting flavors. I watched “Best Thing I Ever Ate” last night and they were talking spicy foods, I wanted to eat everything they mentioned.

    • says

      Thanks for the reminder. I’ve been meaning to get some black rice. Honey and cardamom sound perfect.

  18. says

    Looks amazing! Am forwarding this to a friend who just started the Paleo diet (no grains) as I don’t know if she’s aware she can have quinoa!

  19. says

    I love this version of quinoa! I think I may have to get some at Whole Food, myself, because I suddenly have the craving for this!

    • says

      Go for it. I think you’ll really like it. You can definitely find red quinoa at Whole Foods but if you could also use regular quinoa if you wanted. Hope you like it!

  20. says

    Looks amazing!! I’ve been craving thai food myself! Am planning on making pad thai tomorrow- this is right up my alley! Love the use of such an interesting seed with it too. Congrats on top9!!

  21. says

    I love what you are doing with quinoa here. I have not tried it with Thai seasonings yet, but now I can’t wait to pick up some coconut milk and give this a shot. The red quinoa looks lovely with the cashews and pineapples.

    • says

      Thanks so much. Glad you like it. Let me know how it comes out if you try it. Cheers!

  22. says

    This recipe looks amazing!!!! I love quinoa. I don’t really find any difference with red quinoa either. I must must must make this!!

  23. says

    looks gorgeous and yummy! I do have some coconut milk in the pantry to use. Maybe I’ll add some spice too :) Just found your site and love it!

  24. says

    I’m a huge fan of quinoa, but I’ve never tried red quinoa before. It looks delicious! All the colors in the dish are so gorgeous, plus it’s got that great bit of Thai flavor, too. Beautiful!

  25. Stephanie says

    This was delicious!! Even my children declared it a “keeper”! I used Thai coconut curry broth (2 cups) + 1 cup water & it really intensified the Thai flavors. Paired it with Thai red curry mahi-mahi – made for an excellent & relatively quick weeknight meal, especially since it’s snowing. Thank you so much for the recipe!

    • says

      Thanks so much for your feedback. It’s comments like yours that make it so worthwhile to blog. Glad you liked it!

  26. says

    I’m on a bit of a quinoa kick right now and this just fits the bill. Love the Thai flavors… I’m SO ready for spring and a dose of Vitamin D from the sun.
    Excellent dish!
    I was just at Costco and picked up a book called Quinoa 365, have you seen it? I read it cover to cover! So many good recipe!

  27. says

    I don’t blame you I also fantasize about sun tanning to.  

  28. says

    I don’t blame you I also fantasize about sun tanning to.  


  1. […] Dish by Trish also takes very nice pictures.  Trish also cooks healthy dishes, ones that inspire me. Her Cashew Red Quinoa inspired me to make a quinoa dish with Thai flavors as well.   I would have  just copied her recipe but to be honest, I was missing to many ingredients. […]

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