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How to Cook Quinoa

January 26, 2019 (Last Updated: July 30, 2019)

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Techniques for cooking quinoa

A bowlful of cooked quinoa in a white bowl.

Quinoa. It’s one of those foods that’s pretty non-assuming and takes on the flavors of whatever it’s in.  Cooking it isn’t difficult, but there are a few tips you need to follow so your quinoa isn’t bitter tasting and is cooked correctly. 

Once cooked, quinoa can be stored in a covered container and refrigerated. You can add quinoa to recipes or make it the star of the show!

What’s so great about quinoa?

Benefits of quinoa include:

  • High in protein
  • Gluten Free
  • High fiber
  • High in magnesium
  • Contains all 9 essential amino acids
  • High in other vitamins, calcium and iron

How do you cook quinoa?

The best way to cook quinoa:

  • Always rinse quinoa first to remove a bitter coating
  • Measure 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water
  • Boil for 12 minutes in a covered pot
  • Let sit off heat with lid on for an additional 15 minutes

Quinoa rinsed and being drain with a fine sieve.

Ways to use quinoa:

Some uses of quinoa:

  • Eat as a side dish with a bit of soy sauce
  • Add a tablespoon to scrambled eggs before cooking
  • Sprinkle a tablespoon over a green lettuce salad

Cooked Quinoa ready to be used in a recipe.

Ways to Use Cooked Quinoa

Recipes to use cooked quinoa

Quinoa pairs perfectly with black beans, and enchilada sauce.

Dried quinoa in a white bowl.


Yield: 2 cups

How to Cook Quinoa

How to Cook Quinoa

Steps and techniques on cooking quinoa

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water


  1. Place quinoa in a bowl. Cover with water
  2. Rub quinoa between fingertips to help remove coating from quinoa
  3. Drain quinoa in a fine sieve and rinse well with water.
  4. Add quinoa to a sauce pot and add 2 cups of water.
  5. Bring to a boil and cover. Turn heat to low and simmer for 12 minutes.
  6. Turn off heat. Leave lid on and let sit for an additional 15 minutes.
  7. Remove lid and fluff quinoa with a fork.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1/4 cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 19 Total Fat 0g Saturated Fat 0g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 3mg Carbohydrates 3g Fiber 0g Sugar 0g Protein 1g


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  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    January 27, 2019 at 5:18 am

    Quinoa is one of those things that I often forget about…but I love it! These photos are excellent, Kathy. Have you ever tried toasting dry quinoa in a skillet before cooking it? It legitimately smells like peanut butter. I have no idea why! Give that a shot next time you make quinoa. Thanks for the tips and the reminder to make quinoa soon! 🙂

    • Reply
      January 28, 2019 at 5:40 am

      I haven’t tried it toasted, but that is a great idea!

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