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How to Cook Quinoa

Updated: May 14

In my opinion quinoa is underappreciated. It entered mainstream US cuisine about 10 years ago and has become increasingly popular. But it has also earned the reputation of being trendy and perhaps a food that only "healthy" people eat.

Well quinoa is pretty nutritious as far as grains go (actually it's technically a seed). It's one of the few non-animal products that is a complete protein. That means that it has all the essential amino acids we need for proper nutrition. For vegans and vegetarians it is a great way to add protein to their diet.

But forget all that. Quinoa is just good and it is so versatile. It's mild nutty flavor goes well with so many flavors. If you prefer a print recipe see below.




How to Cook Quinoa


2 cups cold water

1 c quinoa

1/2 tsp salt


Place all of the ingredients in a meduim-sized pot, about 2 1/2 quart sized pot. If you use a pot that is a lot bigger, the water will evaporate too quickly and the quinoa will be under-cooked. Too small a pot and the water will bubble out the top.


Place the pot on the stove over a high flame.


As soon as the water starts to boil put on the lid and turn the flame down as low as it will go. Set a timer for 12 minutes.


When the the time is up, carefully lift the lid. Is there water bubbling up to the top? Cook another 2 minutes. If not, use a fork to gently push aside some of the quinoa in the middle of the pot. Is there still water on the bottom? If so, cook another minute or until that water is absorbed.


Once all the water is gone the quinoa is done! Add your favorite fresh chopped herbs, nuts, seeds, lemon, lime or orange juice, pesto, chopped tomatoes, green onion etc . . .

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