Salmon Quinoa Risotto

Salmon Quinoa Risotto
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Source: The Diabetes Comfort Food Cookbook. Recipe Credit: . Photo Credit: Renee Comet.

Author Robyn Webb says, "Quinoa is not the usual grain in risotto, but this protein-packed, tiny grain cooks quickly and results in a wonderfully fragrant risotto-like dish."

  • Prep time
    25 min
  • Cook time
    40 min
  • Servings
    4 Servings
  • Serving size
    3/4 cup
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

4 Servings

  • Serving Size
    3/4 cup
  • Amount per serving Calories 390

  • Total Fat 13g
    • Saturated Fat 2.2g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 40mg
  • Sodium 195mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 39g
    • Dietary Fiber 5g
    • Total Sugars 5g
  • Protein 27g

Choices/Exchanges: 2 Starch, 1 Vegetable, 3 Lean meat, 1 1/2 Fat



  • tablespoons olive oil (divided)
    1 1/2 tbsp
  • medium onion (diced)
  • quinoa
    1 cup
  • organic vegetable stock (divided)
    4 cup
  • garlic (finely chopped)
    4 clove
  • leaves of kale (stems removed and cut into ribbons)
  • salmon (poached and flaked)
    10 oz
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste


  1. To poach salmon—Fill a 4-quart saucepan with water and put salmon filet into the water. Place saucepan over high heat until water boils. Once water boils, remove pan from heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Remove fish from water and flake. Set aside.

  2. In a 4-quart saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add diced onion. Sauté onion until transparent. Add quinoa to onion mixture and stir—to toast—for 2 minutes.

  3. Add 1 cup of vegetable stock to quinoa and onion. Stir until stock is absorbed. Once stock is absorbed, add another 1 cup of stock. Continue stirring until stock is absorbed. Add remaining stock in 1/2-cup intervals, stirring until all stock is absorbed. Remove from heat.

  4. While preparing the onion quinoa mixture, heat 1/2 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat in a sauté pan with chopped garlic. Once garlic is sizzling, add chopped kale to the pan. Turn kale to coat with oil and garlic. Turn kale mixture until fragrant, approximately 2 minutes. Remove kale mixture from heat.

  5. Once quinoa is complete, add kale and salmon. Stir to combine and add salt and pepper to taste.