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Pot with cooked quinoa topped with chopped parsley and pepper. A spoon is in the pot.

How to Cook Quinoa


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

My go-to method for cooking quinoa so it’s perfectly cooked and fluffy. Use this quinoa in place of rice, for salads or as an easy side!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry quinoa (any color)
  • 1 3/4 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • optional toppings: ground pepper, olive oil fresh herbs, etc. 

Instructions

  1. Rinse: Rinse and drain quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. I have a hand-held one that works great.
  2. Cook: Place quinoa, water and salt into a medium saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer, cover and let it cook for 15 minutes.
  3. Serve: Remove from heat after 15 minutes and place quinoa in a large bowl to cool. Adding toppings before serving or use in any recipes that call for cooked quinoa.
  4. Store: Once cooled, place quinoa in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for about 1 month. 

Notes

  • Toast the quinoa before cooking – I rarely toast my quinoa unless a recipe calls for toasting, but it is a good way to bring out the oil and nuttiness of the quinoa, adding a depth of flavor. To toast quinoa simply rinse and drain well, then add the quinoa to your dry pot over medium heat and sauté the quinoa, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes or until the quinoa is aromatic, then add your water and salt and continue to cook according to the recipe.
  • Cook the quinoa in broth instead of water – the flavor of the broth will add a depth of flavor to the cooked quinoa. 
  • Stir in toppings – once cooked you can stir in a variety of toppings to add flavor. I like adding a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper, chopped fresh herbs, lemon juice or a sprinkle of cheese.
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 222
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 13mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 39g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: quinoa

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