How to Cook Quinoa

How to Cook Quinoa

Quinoa has gained much popularity the last few years mainly for providing many valuable properties lacking in most grains.  It is however, not a grain, but a seed that can be cooked like grains and makes a great replacement in recipes for grains. 

How to Cook Quinoa 

It is very versatile in that it tastes great used in hot dishes and cold salads.  High in nutrients, protein and “heart healthy” fats, it’s no wonder everyone is using it all over the place. 

But how do you cook it? I usually buy it in the bulk food section where there are no instructions.  It’s quite simple actually.  All you need is a pot, water and a little salt.  


How to Cook Quinoa



How to Cook Quinoa


How to Cook Quinoa


  • 2 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Quinoa (rinsed)


  1. Stir all ingredients together in a pot
  2. Bring to a boil
  3. Stir, cover and reduce heat
  4. Simmer for approximately 20 minutes
  5. Stir again, cover and let sit an additional 5 minutes
  6. Stir and serve


  • *If all water fails to absorb, pour through strainer to pull off extra liquid


In my experience, using this ratio has produced a moist but not soggy batch of Quinoa.  Due to variances in cooking temperatures and personal taste, you may find you need to add or reduce the water content.  If you like a chewier texture, you will want to use less  water.  If you like a softer result, you can add more water and continue to simmer additional time.  Experiment and find what works for you! 


What’s YOUR favorite Quinoa dish? 

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Tracy Iseminger

Tracy is a busy mother to 2 girls, 3 dogs, 5 cats, and 17 chickens! Her adventures in cooking led her to create Daily Dish Magazine. She has a passion for pairing food with travel and wine. She is Marketing Director at Crimson Vine Marketing, Social Media Specialist at Cougar Digital Marketing, and a Dental Hygienist in her spare time... but her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family.

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  1. G’day and good article Tracy! Share the love today and quinoa is on my list to do!
    Cheers! Joanne

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