Thai Peanut Quinoa

Thai Peanut Quinoa

Those of you who read my blog regularly, or follow my recipes on Facebook, know that I’m a big fan of San-J sauces. When the whole line went gluten-free, I rejoiced! I had been making many of my own sauces and marinades, but having everything from delicious Orange Sauce to gluten-free Tamari on hand — ready-made — sure makes dinner quicker!

My favorite sauce by far though, is their Thai Peanut Sauce. Absolutely everything I’ve used it in or on tastes better. I’ve used it as a dipping sauce, a marinade, and now, as that something extra that makes my Thai Peanut Quinoa dish so special.

Now back to this yummy meal … let me whet your appetite with this out-of-this-world delicious, healthy and truly easy recipe for your next dinner!

Use what veggies you like and have on hand, and any protein you prefer: chicken, shrimp, tofu, or just veggies … you get the idea. My recipe below calls for seafood, but feel free to substitute. Choose any color Quinoa, Sprouted Quinoa (may be rehydrated and eaten raw), or Kañiwa (looks like mini-me Quinoa and cooks faster, but still has that nutty taste and incredible protein boost of Quinoa). Follow these basic directions and you’ll have a scrumptious, nutritious meal for your family in about 30 minutes!

Thai Peanut Quinoa

Thai Peanut Quinoa

Let me whet your appetite with this out-of-this-world delicious, healthy and truly easy quinoa recipe for your next dinner! Scrumptious and nutritious!


  • 2 Bell Peppers, diced and seeded
  • 2 Zucchini, cubed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms (I used Baby Bellas), halved
  • 1 pt. grape tomatoes
  • 2 ears of corn, cooked and cut from the cob
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup Thai Peanut Sauce
  • 1 cup Quinoa, Sprouted Quinoa or Kañiwa
  • 1 1/4 – 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 lb. shrimp, deveined and peeled (optional)
  • 1/2 lb. scallops (optional)
  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil (high heat preferred)
  • 2 Tbs. San-J Thai Peanut Sauce


Preheat oven to 400°F.

Prepare vegetables and spread evenly in a baking dish or roasting pan, drizzling with enough Thai Peanut Sauce to lightly coat all veggies (do not roast the corn unless it is uncooked at this point). Toss to coat.  Place in preheated oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes, stirring once at 15 minutes so as not to overbrown.

Meanwhile, boil water in a lidded saucepan per Quinoa package directions.  Add rinsed quinoa, stir and cover, reducing heat to simmer. Follow package directions regarding how long to simmer — most recommend between 15-20 minutes. The seeds are cooked when the white spiral-like germ has popped out of each seed and the water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork once fully cooked.

Prepare a large wok or skillet by adding oil and 2 Tablespoons Thai Peanut Sauce and heating to high.  When the pan is very hot, add the scallops and shrimp, being careful not to get burned from splatter. Pan sauté on both sides for a total of 2-3 minutes, depending on the size of the shrimp and scallops. The scallops should be slightly caramelized on the edges and very soft inside, but not translucent; the shrimp should no longer be pink, but not cooked so much that they are rubbery.

Reduce heat to medium-low and add roasted vegetables and cooked Quinoa.  Toss to bring to consistent heat and serve.

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

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Let me whet your appetite with this out-of-this-world delicious, healthy and truly easy quinoa recipe for your next dinner! Scrumptious and nutritious!




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  3. The Thai Peanut Sauce is NOT gluten free. I read the label at the store, and it has soy sauce which has gluten. They don’t use the gluten free soy sauce in the peanut sauce.

    • Sandy, the ingredients of the San-J Thai Peanut sauce are: Tamari Soy Sauce (water, soybeans, salt, alchohol), peanuts, organic sugar, water, apple cider vinegar, sake (water, rice, salt), honey, rice vinegar, garlic powder, salt, spices, lemon concentrate, canola oil, cilantro, xanthan gum. While it’s wise to avoid soy sauce if you are avoiding gluten, there are a few brands, including San-J, that offer gluten-free soy sauce options. Their Thai Peanut Sauce IS gluten-free, and is even certified Gluten-Free by the GFCO. Perhaps you were looking at a different brand’s product?

  4. Wahoo! Thanks to Mr. Random for picking me out of the hat, and thanks to San-J for their great products. I’ve loved the bottle of Tamari Soy Sauce I bought a couple of months ago.

  5. I see a tofu version of your dish in my future! I love, love, love San-J products, and somehow I have not tried the Orange sauce!

  6. I love tamari, especially while making beef and broccoli! Chicken and broccoli is next on my list to try. All those other sauces look interesting as well. I certainly wouldn’t mind getting my hands on those either!

  7. I would love to try the Thai Peanut Quinoa! I also would love to try it with Rama Chicken and all the other flavors offered! Yum!:)

  8. I liked you on Facebook and I would like to try that Thai peanut Quinoa!!! I’m looking for ways to make it so my husband will like it. This just might be it!

  9. I liked you on Facebook and I love San-J Tamari and the Peanut Sauce too. Both are great for sushi. I want to get some little single packets to take to restaurants instead of hauling in my tiny tupperware. I also love your graham crackers.

  10. I had my mind made up about what I’d like to try first but the Thai Peanut Quinoa changed my mind! It looks awesome. I liked your facebook a few months back. Love seeing the posts!

  11. Thai Peanut Sauce! I love Thai food and peanuts and I’ve not yet tried this sauce?!

    I want to try your Peanut Quinoa and make a dipping sauce for salad rolls!! YAY! San-J <3