how to cook quinoa

How to Cook Quinoa

How to make quinoa that turns out perfectly fluffy every time for use as a side dish or in your favorite recipe.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword how to cook quinoa, how to make quinoa, how to prepare quinoa
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 119kcal
Author Lindsay Moe



  • Place the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer and rinse throughly with cool water for at least two minutes. Drain.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the quinoa and cook, stirring, for about three minutes. The quinoa should begin to dry out and pop a bit.
  • Add the liquid, stir, and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and cook, covered, for 15 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed. Remove the pan from the heat and let stand, covered, for 5-10 minutes.
  • Fluff the quinoa with a fork before serving or using in your favorite recipe.



Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 314mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1.3mg