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How to cook quinoa

Everything you need to know about cooking quinoa in a microwave, instant pot, rice cooker and on the stove.
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Course: Side Dish
Keyword: quinoa
Servings: 3 cups
Calories: 209kcal
Author: Maria

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white quinoa
  • 2 cups water (or vegetable broth - if making in the instant pot, only use 1 cup of water)

Instructions

Stove top instructions

  • Rinse the quinoa with a fine mesh strainer, otherwise it will taste dirty and gritty.
  • Add the rinsed quinoa to a sauce pan and add 2 cups of water or vegetable broth. Add any flavorings you’d like, such as garlic powder or onion powder or some salt. Quinoa definitely needs flavoring, as it’s pretty bland.
  • Set stove to high and bring quinoa to a boil. After getting the boil, immediately turn heat down to medium low until you get a gentle simmer, add a tight fitting lid and simmer on low for 15-20 minutes, or until water is mostly cooked out of the quinoa.
  • After 15 minutes or so, turn off the heat and set the quinoa aside for 5 minutes without taking the lid off or touching it. After letting it sit for 5 minutes, take the lid off and fluff the quinoa up with a fork.

Rice cooker instructions

  • Rinse the quinoa with a fine mesh strainer, otherwise it will taste dirty and gritty.
  • Add the rinsed quinoa and 2 cups of water or vegetable broth to the rice cooker. Add any flavorings you’d like, such as garlic powder or onion powder or some salt. Quinoa definitely needs flavoring, as it’s pretty bland.
  • Close the lid and choose the 'white rice' setting on your rice cooker. Let the quinoa sit for 5 minutes after it’s been cooked, then open the lid and fluff with a fork.

Microwave instructions

  • Rinse the quinoa with a fine mesh strainer, otherwise it will taste dirty and gritty.
  • Add the rinsed quinoa and 2 cups of water or vegetable broth to a large microwave safe bowl that is able to fit 3 cups of cooked quinoa. Add any flavorings you’d like, such as garlic powder or onion powder or some salt. Quinoa definitely needs flavoring, as it’s pretty bland.
  • Cover the bowl with a microwave safe plate. Place the bowl in the microwave and cook on high for 6 minutes. Carefully take the plate off with some oven mitts and stir, add the plate back on and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Let the quinoa sit for 5 minutes with the lid on after cooking. Take the lid off and fluff with a fork.

Instant pot instructions

  • Rinse the quinoa with a fine mesh strainer, otherwise it will taste dirty and gritty.
  • Add the rinsed quinoa and 1 cup of water or vegetable broth to the instant pot. The instant pot water to quinoa ratio is less than the other methods because less liquid evaporates when cooking.
  • Add any flavorings you’d like, such as garlic powder or onion powder or some salt. Quinoa definitely needs flavoring, as it’s pretty bland.
  • Close the instant pot and set the valve to seal. Cook on high pressure for 1 minute. Let it slow release for 12 minutes
  • Take off the lid and fluff up the quinoa with a fork.

Notes

  • My favorite way to eat quinoa is when it's warm, to drizzle some high quality olive oil on top and a few pinches of salt.
  • Cooked quinoa will last in the fridge for about 5-7 days. It starts to smell once it's gone bad.
  • Quinoa can easily be frozen, so make a big batch to have on hand and freeze the rest. Just thaw it out in the fridge the night before, or in a microwave. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to cook quinoa
Amount per Serving
Calories
209
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
3
g
5
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
11
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
319
mg
9
%
Carbohydrates
 
36
g
12
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Protein
 
8
g
16
%
Vitamin A
 
8
IU
0
%
Calcium
 
31
mg
3
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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