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There was a time when I thought I hated quinoa; that its chewy and almost-crunchy texture just wasn’t for me. Over the years, however, I’ve experimented to find the perfect quinoa-to-water ratio and cooking time for the foolproof method of how to cook quinoa that actually turns out soft and fluffy every single time.

If you like crunchy quinoa, this quinoa recipe is probably not for you!

How To Cook Quinoa: here's everything you need to know.

Yes, today’s how to cook quinoa recipe might not be the most interesting recipe ever posted… but it’s the base for a few other more exciting recipes I hope to post soon: breakfast quinoa, quinoa chocolate chip cookies, and quinoa pancakes.

EDIT: The Breakfast Quinoa and Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies are now both up on the blog!


This basic quinoa recipe can be eaten on its own as a simple side dish, or spice it up by stirring in a little garlic powder and oregano, tossing it into a stir fry, adding a spoonful of tahini or some tomato sauce. Let your imagination run wild.

You can even use it for my favorite Quinoa Pizza Bites!

How to cook quinoa

How To Cook Quinoa

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  • 1/2 cup raw quinoa (80g)
  • 1/4 tsp salt - optional
  • 1 2/3 cup water
  • optional 2 tsp oil
Total Time: 1h
Yield: Yields 2 Large Servings


How to cook quinoa: In a strainer, rinse quinoa and drain. Bring a small pot with the 1 2/3 cup water to a boil, then add the quinoa and all optional ingredients. Lower the heat to the lowest simmer, and cover. Simmer for 40 minutes, covered, then do not open the lid but turn off the heat completely. Let sit an additional 20 minutes, covered. After this time, the quinoa should be light and fluffy. If it’s still too liquidy for some reason, simply turn the heat back on and stir for a few minutes until fluffy.

NOTE: When found in nature, quinoa has a coating of bitter-tasting saponins. These occur naturally in the quinoa to prevent insects from eating the plant. Most packaged quinoa will be pre-washed; however it is always a good idea to wash the quinoa again just in case.

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EDIT! How To Make Quinoa – The Quick Way!


  • 1 cup raw quinoa (160g)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups water


In a strainer, rinse quinoa well. Drain. Now combine the raw quinoa with the other ingredients and bring to a boil uncovered. When it starts to boil, cover and simmer (or cook on low if your “simmer” is too gentle like mine is) 20 minutes or until the water is absorbed and quinoa is light and fluffy.


Questions of the Day:

Do you have any favorite quinoa recipes?

Oddly enough, I think the only quinoa recipe posted on this blog so far is the Healthy Tator Tots. Be on the lookout for more healthy quinoa recipes to be posted in the near future. Also, in your comments please feel free to leave links to your own favorite quinoa recipes if you wish.

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  1. Lisa says:

    I love quinoa. Between that and oats, it’s hard to choose which one is my favorite of the two!
    I have this quinoa vegan mac and cheese that I adore. It’s pretty much a weekly staple over here.

    1. Catherine says:

      Where do you get quinoa Mac and cheese? I’d like to try that!

      1. Lisa says:

        I just make it myself :) the recipes on my blog!

        1. Catherine says:

          Thanks!! Going to look for it now!

      2. LONALEE says:

        I would make it by scratch. 1 cup of QUINOA to 2 1/2 cup of water in microwave for 25 minutes add milk and cheese microwave what ever your recipe says for minutes.

  2. Trish says:

    I actually make mine in a rice cooker with chicken stock, onions and green peppers. It’s so easy and such a delicious side dish. I sprinkle a little feta on top too :)

    1. Lisa says:

      Ooh, that is an awesome idea! Do you use a 2 to 1 ratio of liquid and quinoa?

      1. Trish says:

        Yep! It’s so easy I haven’t even bothered trying to make it any other way 😉

  3. Kelly J. R. says:

    Quinoa recipes are hit and miss for me. Sometimes I love them and sometimes I don’t. One of my favorite quinoa recipes is Zucchini-Quinoa lasagna:

  4. I love quinoa! I am trying to cut down on grains and convert what grains I do eat to powerhouse ones like quinoa (which, like amaranth, isn’t even a true grain). I had to buy a super fine mesh strainer specifically for rinsing it because the seeds are so small!
    Here are a few of my favorite recipes:

    1. Jule says:

      Thank you! I just came across your recipes. I so appreciate your posting these great-sounding recipes for quinoa!

  5. I used to think I hated quinoa too. Just recently I have been experimenting with it and now I have grown to totally love that chewy and crunchy texture!

  6. Cindy says:

    We’ve been eating quinoa on & off for 5-7 years now. I have a quinoa pancake recipe I use 1-2 times per month, and a few weeks ago I made a quinoa & oat flour blueberry muffin recipe. I cook my quinoa in our rice cooker now.

    1. Ashley says:

      Hi Cindy, your recipes sound yummy! Can you share how to make them?

      1. Cindy says:

        This isn’t the exact same place I got my recipe – but it IS the same recipe, for the pancakes:

        For the muffins, I lightly toasted the quinoa before grinding into flour, then used this recipe:

        Happy cooking!

  7. Teresa says:

    Thanks for posting. I have heard so many good things about Quinoa but have not been happy with the texture so far. I will give this a try and look forward to your future recipes.

  8. Katie,
    I have always cooked quinoa in the traditional, 2 to 1 ratio of water to dry quinoa, and never thought to add an extra bit of water. Great idea! My family likes it fluffy, but they might like it better, moister, so I’m trying your way, today! Our daughter turned vegetarian almost 1 year ago, and that has me always looking for more healthy protein recipes, so I am looking forward to yours! Thank you!

  9. Rebecca says:

    I love Almond-Quinoa muffins from ‘Veganomicon’ by Isa Moskowitz and Terry Romero. Most of the time I end up cooking quinoa as a sort of rice substitute. When I have time to go all out, I like to dry toast the kernels in the bottom of the pan, then add vegetable stock and cook. Add some carmalized onions and grilled veggies and it sure is delicious! I will definitely try using a little extra liquid and see if I too enjoy the more fluffy texture! Thanks for all the great posts!

  10. Carina says:

    i’ve never tried quinoa but now i think i have to 😉

  11. I like experimenting with quinoa when I get a chance. I’ve been playing around with a “rice” pudding and some other things. I usually just serve it like rice under veggies, etc., but two of my favorites uses are …

    Quinoa Eetch (Red Tabouli)

    Pretty in Pink Quinoa Salad

  12. I love quinoa. My favorite way to eat it is stir fried with shrimp, veggies, and Asian flavors like soy and teryaki. Your pics look fabulous, thanks for sharing your tips!

  13. Tammela says:

    I do like quinoa; I don’t buy it too often but always enjoy it when I do. My favorite way to use it — and other grains — is by making the grain the base for a salad.

    1. susan dunn says:

      Does anyone have the recipe for energy bars with quinoa, flaxseed, and sunflowerseeds with peanut butter and honey?

  14. Elizabeth B says:

    I love quinoa… but I like it prepared some ways much better than others. My favorite are the sweet recipes, like with raisins & cinnamon cereal or quinoa pancakes, but I also like a Mexican flavored recipe with beans & salsa… I’m looking forward to your future recipes. =)

  15. Rebecca says:

    I only eat small amounts of quinoa at a time (1/8 cup dry) so I microwave it with 3 times the amount of water for 10 minutes.

    1. Renata says:

      @ Rebecca – I don’t know if you will see this, but thank you for sharing this tip. This is exactly what I was looking for. I can take this with me to work on days I haven’t had time to pack a good lunch. And if I used sprouted quinoa, I won’t even have to rinse it.

  16. Quinoa is the BEST! I never rinse mine though. I know they say you should, but I’ve never understood why. :-)

    1. Alli says:

      The reason you are supposed to rinse it is because it had a soap-like residue (saponins) on the outside of it. Try saving the water after you rinse it–it’s fascinating! You can put it in a container, shake it, and see the suds start to build up.

    2. mk says:

      You should rinse the quinoa first because the outside is layered with an unhealthy substance that prevents absorption of the great nutrients you want to get from eating the quinoa in the first place! it’s also not good to ingest it in general, so you want to always rinse that off first.

  17. Lulu says:

    I love quinoa! I love it as replacement for rice :) and will there be a quinoa pizza crust?? Just outta curiosity :)

  18. Cindy says:

    Oh yes – we also do a quinoa patty (side dish) that we really enjoy. I don’t think it is intended as a side dish, but we don’t use it as a “burger”:

  19. Hannah says:

    I absolutely adore Quinoa. It was one of the ‘new’ food I discovered when I went vegan 4 years ago and I think it’s still my favourite! I tend to use it as an alternative to pasta and eat it with creamy mushroom & spinach sauce… sounds weird but I love it!

  20. Jane says:

    I do like it, my favorite is with Moroccan chickpea stew. I used to serve it with cous cous but switched to quinoa to make it even more healthy. I also use vegetable broth instead of water to make it a little more flavorful.

  21. Monica P says:

    I like quinoa and I can cook it .. it’s just flavoring is that perplexes me at times.


  22. I love quinoa! I do need help when cooking it, however. Thanks for the tips!

  23. Lady Jennie says:

    When I lived in Asia, I learned to swirl the grain in the pot (in that case rice, but I use it for all grains) and use my fingers to swish it through the water, then slowly tip the pot and pour the excess water out. Then I repeat the rinse. The grains that float on the surface of the water are no good and they get tossed when you pour the water out.

    For quinoa, I often make it as I do brown rice – measure and wash the quinoa in a separate bowl, then fry minced garlic and/or onion in olive oil before adding the grain. I add some bouillon and stir fry it until all the water is absorbed. Then I add basil and the measure of water (I do 3 cups to one, but 2 1/2 is good enough), and finish cooking it as you do.

  24. Ginny says:

    Hi, Katie! You said to share my favorite quinoa recipe. This is my new favorite breakfast! Quinoa and Steel Cut Oats!
    I add a little sucanat to mine while cooking and serve with a little coconut or almond milk! So good! My husband and kids really like it, too!
    I love your website and have told many friends about you! Thank you!

  25. OilLadyLaura says:

    My biggest problem with cooking quinoa is rinsing it! I use a mesh strainer, and some always gets stuck in the rim of the strainer when I dump it out. I try and try to get it all out, but then some gets left in, dries, and falls out next time I pull out the strainer. Not world-ending problem by any means, but annoying!

  26. Lisa says:

    If I will be making a sauce to go with it, I use the same recipe you do EXCEPT, I only simmer until the water is just below the quinoa and then shut it off and let it sit (covered) for about 5 min to allow it to just absorb the last of the water. I cook rice thius way ‘as well. If I am cooking it to go with something that has no sauce, I will use veggie stock instead of water.
    My favorite recipe is a much changed version of a Thai quinoa – cook quinoa with 1/2 veggie stock and 1/2 coconut milk instead of water. Saute green onions, garlic, tofu and green peas. Add some ginger, shoyu (or soy sauce) and lime juice at the end. Mix saute and quinoa together.
    Can’t wait for your quinoa cookie recipe!!

  27. Diane Noland says:

    I love quinoa! I look forward to your future recipes using it, especially the chocolate chip cookies!

  28. Quinoa is amazing! I have added it to fruit salads and it makes a great side with fish! I always cook it in vegetable stock if using it for a savoury dish though, as it adds a lot of flavour :)

  29. Rebecca Jo says:

    LOVE it!!! I love mixing it with kale & black beans… can change seasonings on it & eat it all the time.

  30. Laura says:

    I love me some keen-wah. It’s like rice’s sophisticated older brother. It cooks quickly, has tons of protein and iron. But ditto on the “Make Sure to Rinse”. I have TOTALLY ruined dishes by not rinsing my quinoa. One main dish quinoa recipe I like is simple … involves sauteing some chickpeas and garlic in olive oil, pouring over the cooked quinoa along with the juice of one lemon and a generous amount of parsley. So good. If you are ever in Chicago or Washington DC, check out The Protein Bar – they are a quick serve restaurant that uses quinoa as the base for their meal bowls. Love.

  31. Kerry says:

    I LOVE quinoa! I enjoy the taste plus the numerous nutritional benefits. My first experience with quinoa was this recipe. . Its perfect with the varied flavors, quick one-pot cooking, and its vegetarian. I am really looking forward to the other quinoa recipes you’ll be creating! :)

  32. I LOVE quinoa! It’s definitely one of my favorites. I love to make a veggie fried quinoa (instead of fried rice)!!

  33. Carrie says:

    I cannot wait for your quinoa recipes. I do make it often as a side dish and my four young kids have grown to like it. Ny six year old son has Type I diabetes AND celiac so to find lower-carb, high-protein and gluten-free options can be tough. I’ve been wanting to try some breakfast quinoa and I know your recipes are always the best! I look forward to it, especially as fall arrives. Pumpkin or apple/cinnamon breakfast quinoa? Yes, please!

  34. trajayjay says:

    I used to eat quinoa to get more grain diversity into my diet. And also for the protein. I thought it tasted to boring, and it was a lot more expensive than rice and pearled barley, which are chewy good. I thought quinoa tasted to grainy.

  35. Shanna says:

    Thank you for posting this. I have a whole bag of raw quinoa and no clue what to do with it. But my question is, do you just eat it plain like that?? How do you season it? Eating it plain, I imagine, is like eating white rice?! Do you like to season yours any particular way?

    1. It depends… sometimes I eat it plain. Usually I will have it as a base for some kind of curry or stir fry. So you just put the curry right on top of the quinoa.

  36. Sara says:

    I absolutely love quinoa, I was surprised before that u did not like it:)
    Welcome to the club:)

  37. Deanna says:

    LOVE quinoa! I often use it in place of rice.
    There’s a little cafe near me that makes vegan quinoa muffins that are so delicious! (hint, hint)
    I am very excited to see what you share.

    Thank you!

  38. Emily says:

    yes! quinoa is AH MAZING! my mom makes this amazing quinoa salad… so good!

  39. When I first started making quinoa, I didn’t know you had to rinse it first before you start cooking it. I’m glad I figured that one out eventually!


  40. Krystyna says:

    I kind of like the slightly bitter quinoa aftertaste!
    (Also, would you be interested in creating a savory quinoa-and-veggie based fritter?)

  41. Carrie says:

    InStyle magazine published a recipe last year that I LOVE. I’ve made it for French, American, Finnish, and Czech friends. They all LOVED it too, and without fail, someone asks for the recipe. I substitute the much easier to find edamame for the fava beans. The ingredients together seem bizarre – lemon, radishes, edamame, avocado, cumin, basil – but they go together so surprisingly well. I have it in my write-in cookbook, but a quick web search had it posted on this blog:

  42. Emily says:

    After I’ve thoroughly rinsed it, I like to fry dry Quinoa for 10 minutes before cooking as normal. It brings out a lovely nutty flavor and makes the kitchen smell wonderful.

  43. Jessica says:

    You are a lifesaver! My fiance hates quinoa because it’s too hard and crunchy. I can stomach it, but it’s not my favorite. This recipe is the best! We can start our healthy-eating journey off right. Thank you! :)

  44. Bryan says:

    I like to add pre- cooked Quiona to my almost fully cooked Oatmeal along with some Nuts and Dark Chocolate Syrup for a Chooclatey Breakfast that is good for you!!!
    Keep up the good work on the blog!

  45. Andie says:

    Thanks for the quinoa tips!! I had a question about your pumpkin cereal: Would puffed cereal (like puffed kamut) work?

  46. Sue says:

    We love quinoa. I usually cook it in broth. Our favorite recipe & one we have several variations for is like a risotto. Here’s a link to the original recipe.

  47. I love Quinoa!
    My favorite recipe would be a Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Dill, Cucumber, Parsley, Tofu, Chickpeas and Balsamic Dressing :)

  48. Tayler says:

    I must say, i am looking forward when you bring forth into the world……. chocolate covered quinoa! Or if you were to create a quinoa cheesecake breakfast bowl with a carmeal sauce! Ihop and any breakfast food should start running! :)

  49. Amber says:

    Yum! I like to cook it in almond milk and add cocoa powder and whatever sweetener I am in the mood for!

  50. Joy says:

    I like to make summer salads with quinoa-cook it, toss with a lemon-vinaigrette and some beets, onions, goat cheese and stuff. I will make that on Sunday and have it during the week for lunch or as a side dish! It’s one of my favorites

  51. Kimberly says:

    I love quinoa! I cook it with black beans, a can of tomatoes and taco seasoning in the crock pot. Serve with avocado and salsa, maybe in a tortilla if you want. Mmmmm, so good.

  52. Bobbi says:

    I LOVE LOVE Quinoa. In burgers, chili, pancakes, breakfast bakes, pudding, cookies, everything! I also love it very fluffy, if you’ve never tried toasted quinoa you should! Rinse it and let it dry then toast it in a dry pot for about five minutes or until you smell a nutty smell. So yummy. I also love cooking it with olive oil, coconut oil, earth balance and chopped veggies!

  53. This is perfect timing! I bought quinoa but haven’t done anything with it yet, I wasn’t sure where to start! Thank you!

  54. I love quinoa–we eat it several times a week! I like to let it soak overnight so it can sprout a little before cooking–supposedly it makes the nutrients more accessible to your body. Also, while this probably wouldn’t work so well for dessert recipes, I like to cook mine in vegetable broth rather than water for extra flavor.

  55. Anna says:

    I actually don’t rinse them, I’ve never had trouble with packaged quinoa getting bitter. Instead I put the quinoa dry into the sauce pan and toast it until it smells nutty, then add a teaspoon of olive oil or coconut butter and fry it for a quick second before adding the water (and salt and spices if I’m adding them.) Then bring to boil reduce to simmer and cook until fluffy and the little circles separate from the bulk. It’s fluffy and light with rich nutty flavors at the end.

  56. Susan says:

    I do like quinoa and have two recipes that I make with some regularity. The first is Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf ( The other is a healthy quinoa & Greek yogurt pancake recipe ( For this one I do add a couple of scoops of vanilla protein powder to get the protein level to where I want it. I will look forward to seeing your quinoa recipes.

  57. I love to cook quinoa in sweetened almond milk. Once cooked and fluffy, I add lemon zest of one lemon and frozen blueberries which thaw in the heat of it all. It’s a great breakfast or snack that I’ll go to throughout the week. So excited to see what else you post using quinoa– Thanks!

  58. Karla says:

    I love cooking with quinoa and it would be a delight to see more recipes using it, Katie! My two current personal favorites are these Southwestern Stuffed Peppers ( and this Quinoa Pizza Pasta Salad ( It’s one of my go-to ingredients of the moment! Can’t wait to try your tots. :)

  59. Julia says:

    I’ve only ever tried making Quinoa once before and I reeeeally really didn’t like it – of course, I knew it was probably my own fault for not making it properly, but I’ve just never tried again since then. ^^ Now I’m inclined to try again, because whenever you tell me how to cook or bake something, it ends up working out perfectly and deliciously. 😀
    So, yeah, thanks! :)

  60. Avalon says:

    I made up a really great recipe. I don’t remember exactly everything that I put in it, but here is the basics:
    Stuffed Large Tomatoes.

    I soaked some tvp in some veggie broth and a dash of hickory smoke. Let sit, until the quinoa is down and you are adding everything into it…Cook the quinoa, then core out the tomatoes. Chop up the insides and save the tom juices. Saute onions, garlic, carrots, kale in ‘butter’ and white wine. I added a touch of sugar to the onions to caramelize them, before adding the other ingredients.
    To the cooked quinoa add the diced up tomatoes and the juices, as well as the sauteed garlic, onions, carrots, kale, and tvp. I then added a touch more white wine and simmered it for about ten minutes. Spices: I added Italian Seasoning, Garlic Powder (I love garlic), a tbls of olive oil, Paprika, nutritional yeast, and bragg’s liquid aminos to taste.
    Next stuff the tomatoes. On top I put just nutritional yeast, but an uncheese sauce would work too. I baked on 350 for about 15 minutes or so. Just enough to let the flavors sink in and a slight crispy top.

    1. Avalon says:

      sorry for the typos. I’m tired.

      1. Donna says:

        Sounds delicious….Love the tomato idea…and will try to find the BLACK varietal of quinoa I think looks so stunning …it’s a tad bit hard to find in France..but perhaps not in the US?…Thanks for the recipe!

  61. kristyn says:

    Just a little info from a person with a Botany degree- quinoa is not technically a grain, but a seed. It has a much higher protein content than true grain crops as well as a much different nutrient composition. It is a common misconception of those on grain-free diets that they cannot eat quinoa, and that is largely in part due to misinformation.

    I could go on…but I won’t. Just wanted to share that tidbit!

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment… I fixed my error in the post :)!

  62. Dee says:

    Best ever? Quinoa Creme brûlée !!!
    Made with red quinoa!!!
    Amazing. . . Still haven’t found the right recipe to match their custardy goodness!!

  63. Susan says:

    My daughter and I are low carb eating and she came up with this yummy Pumpkin Pie Quinoa breakfast bowl:
    1/2 cup cooked quinoa
    1/4 cup canned pumpkin
    2 tbsp coconut milk
    1 packet NuNaturals or Truvia sweetener
    pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon, ginger and cloves) to taste
    (go a little heavy – quinoa takes a lot a flavor without giving much back)
    Place them all in a bowl; stir; microwave for 30-60 seconds until hot. Serves 1.
    I haven’t posted the recipe yet so you’re the first to see it!

  64. Ginger says:

    Love your website and especially the healthy meal recipes. The Cauliflower Alfredo is divinely inspired and along with your bread-free stuffing is a staple at my house. Keep up the great work!

    However, I gotta comment about this quinoa cooking ‘recipe.’ I used to cook my quinoa like this, or try anyway, and all I got was a soupy mess. I was about ready to give up on quinoa when I came across a recipe, which uses much less water. To one cup quinoa use 1 1/2 cups water and gently simmer for 45 minutes. Light and fluffy each time. So not sure what happened before other than I was using too much water, about what your recipe recommends. To each their own, and it looks as if this works for you. I don’t know what I was doing wrong but this method with more than double the water to quinoa never turned out right for me.

    Thanks for all your great recipes and inspiration!

  65. Cristina says:

    I made made it once with broth Instead of water and added onions, corn, black beans, and cilantro. My husband devoured it an all the guys at the shop we’re asking what it was because it smelled so good.

  66. Jen says:

    Chocolate quinoa pudding? Just throwing it out there…

    1. Zandaria Jones says:

      …drool….Katie, please try your hand at this one, you magical chocolate-covered Goddess, you <3

  67. Georgia says:

    I used to love it but now it makes me vomit does anyone know why that is?

  68. I use quinoa in so many recipes — sweet and savory. My favorite way to use it is as a replacement for ground beef in vegan mexican recipes. Like these quinoa tacos with homemade tortillas:

  69. As a cancer health educator and nutritionist, I heartily recommend quinoa – loads of nutrients, protein and Omega 3 fatty acids. Brilliant stuff. I cook using less water, 10 minutes simmering and five minutes sitting with the lid on. Always perfect! If you forget to rinse before cooking, you can rescue it by rinsing in running water and briefly reheating. Great hot or cold, even as porridge! Here’s a recent-ish quinoa recipe of mine: *and* I’m working on a quinoa crusted pie this week. I look forward to some quinoa recipes with the Katie touch!

    1. Ruz says:

      Hi Kellie, can you please tell me if I can use the raw, ground quinoa (NOT cooked) in porridge? As a Nutritionist, you are the best person to ask Thanks heaps. Ruz

      1. Hi Ruz, completely raw isn’t a great idea, but sprouted is fine for most people if you get organic and it has had the hull removed. I don’t want to ‘contaminate’ Katie’s site with a link, but a good how-to can be found on healthyeating.sfgate,com. You might need to search around but good instructions are there. I do this sometimes and it is really tasty. Some healthy experts do recommend completely cooking it, esp. if you have a lowered immune function.

  70. Corina says:

    I love quinoa! A while ago I had to start a gluten free diet, and we started making quinoa pancakes,putting it in soup,all sorts of things!

  71. Yes I love love love quinoa (as much as oats) and use it loads in sweet recipes…mainly cookies and tray bakes. This is one of my favourites: a quinoa banana bread style slice.

  72. Sarah Lang says:

    My absolute favorite quinoa oatmeal! Ignore the foul language if it offends you, the website is hilarious!

  73. Cindy says:

    I am a quinoa fan. My favorite way to cook it is a variation of something I read in The Engine 2 Diet (where it was used for rice). It’s very simple, too — I replace 1 Tablespoon per cup of water I’m supposed to use with 1 Tbsp Bragg’s. It is great!

  74. Bruce says:

    Doesn’t anyone sprout quinoa? You know what sprouting does for seeds and grain, right? Soak it for an hour or so and let it sprout for a day. Cooks up even fluffier. And nutritinally..well…you know.

  75. Jeanne says:

    I love quinoa…… When it’s still hot I add Parmesan cheese, then cool it and make a salad,, and add my homemade dressing. The best, crunchy veggies, cheese and dressing then whole grain croutons, can’t beat it. Jeanne.

  76. Jona says:

    Trying quinoa for the first time. Thanks for the recipe! Is it okay to make a big batch and reheat in the microwave each day? What’s your favorite way to eat it, sweet or savory?

    1. Yes, you can reheat. And I like both :)

  77. Thank you this is great@

  78. Elias says:

    Well, I’m peruvian and so proud of hearing good things about quinoa in other countries. I never had a good taste for quinoa before but now I do. So much time living in a country like Peru where quinoa is harvested and still see people of my own country that reject quinoa beacuse they think it’s like ugh. Anyway, I’ll try to get quinoa to other countries with a business I’m planning to run. Greetings everybody

  79. Amy Perry says:

    I don’t know what planet you are from, but I have tried cooking quinoa twice using your recipe and both times, it’s come out looking (and tasting) like plaster of paris. The first time, the water never got absorbed. The second time, I used a different size burner (one that is larger) and cut down on the water (to 2 cups) and it still came out like soup.
    I am a great cook, I cook rice (white and brown) all the time, but this sucks. What gives????

    1. Sarah Pierce says:

      Wow there is really no need to hurl insults at Katie because you did something wrong to a perfectly good recipe. I’ve made quinoa this way about a hundred times and can attest to the recipe being perfectly okay. So what gives? I’m sorry to say, you do!

  80. Rachael says:

    Thanks so much for posting this recipe, it was very helpful. My favorite quinoa recipe hands down is quinoa pizza bites. They are quick, easy, healthy and best of all so YUMMY!

  81. nancy says:

    Do you know if you can make quinoa in a rice maker?
    Also do you have a good bread recipe, like one you can use for sandwiches?

  82. Victoria says:

    I like to try new grains so I don’t get tired of eating the same ones. I like bulgur wheat and love couscous, especially Israeli couscous (the giant type). The first quinoa recipe I tried (and liked!) was this one though: and I also like to make risotto with it, instead of using rice :)

  83. Jim Scott says:

    Yep, I cooked up Quinoa in a slightly different way than what usually would.

    I made a large batch of Clam Chowder for New Years, and I was looking to add an additional protein source, so I put cooked up some Quinoa. [a little too much actually — but, ah well, I just made up more soup portion]

    I Cooked up the Chowder, and then added these extra ingredients:

    Thinly Sliced Radishes – 4 or 5 can fill a lot
    Thinly Sliced Baby Carrots – 5 or 6
    Chopped Green Onions – 4 or 5 strands
    Slice into 4ths, and then into 8ths Spinach Leaves – 10 to 15
    Small Chopped Green Bell Pepper – 1 half
    Thinly Sliced Mini Red Sweet Peppers – 3
    Thinly Sliced Mini Orange Sweet Peppers – 3
    Thinly Sliced Mini Yellow Sweet Peppers – 3
    Diced Fresh Garlic Clove – 2 quartered pieces

    I Stirred them into the Soup portion on medium low heat, then covered, while I waited for the Quinoa to finish cooking (45 mins)

    I then cooked up some Free Range Grown Turkey sausage [2 – each about the size of a bratwurst]. {note: I peeled the skin off of the sausage before I cooked them}

    I chopped them into small soup sized bits, and added it to the Chowder.

    Then the Quinoa was ready, I strained any left over moisture (there was hardly any), and stirred it into the Mix.

    Then, to top it off, I sliced up an Avocado.

    I ate one Bowl this way, and a second that I added a teaspoon of Spirulina Powder to.

    If this looks good to you, try it out and lemme know what you think.

  84. Kelly says:

    I’ve never cooked quinoa before with the exception of a boxed meal once. Is it generally cooked with 1 part quinoa to 2-1/2 parts water? I want to use it for a “No-Peek Chicken” recipe instead of rice. Can I substitute it for rice in most anything/everything? Looking forward to learning more!

  85. Amber says:

    I just chuck equal parts quinoa and water into a rice steamer and steam it for 35 minutes. It comes out perfect every time.

  86. Andre says:


    Can quinoa be prepared in a microwave?

  87. Donna K. says:

    I try cooking it ratio 2 water :1quinoa and it comes out too mushy. What am I doing wrong? Same thing: bring to boil, simmer on low 20 minutes. …….. mush. Ugh!

  88. summer says:

    This is simple and helpful. Thank you!

  89. Richad Cook says:

    Is there a recipe or way to cook quinoa in the microwave?

    1. GustavMahler says:

      First of all cooking in a microwave is not a good idea.
      Second, years of comments just appeared, there were 4 when I posted.
      Third, I am a novice cook with this kind of stuff, I cook best with olive oil.

      I used 1 cup quinoa and 2.5 cups of water, small coffee cup. I washed it for 4 minutes. I dumped it in the water and then turned the heat on Uncovered!! Then when it boiled I put the top on and left it on the lowest heat I can do with gas. That’s what I think simmer means. Then after 17 minutes, it was fluffy and light and no water. I think the problem is what does simmer mean.

  90. GustavMahler says:

    I just cooked my first batch. I’m a guy so I didn’t have a cup measurement. I just used a small coffee cup. Just 2 minutes ago I took the top off and it was fluffy and no water. 17 minutes was perfect. I used garlic salt that I grind. My cute mom left and note on what she gave me and it said ‘wash’ 3 times. What’s odd is the pot she gave me with a top I realized what she used when we were young almost 50 years ago. That’s just the strangest feeling to have that old of a memory. I remember clearly the tops bouncing as something was boiling. I could go on but I had some kind of quinoa ‘experience’. Thanks so much!

  91. David says:

    SunOrganic Farm sells pre-rinsed Organic Quinoa delivered to your door. For those with sensitivities it is recommended that it be rinsed again. Try it…

  92. Sucie49 says:

    I like to cook Quinoa with homemade chicken stock instead of water. I take a roasted chicken and cook it to make my stock. Needs no other ingredients.

  93. Ace of Diamonds says:

    Quinoa is delicious, healthy and easy to cook.

  94. Anna says:

    I just tried your way of cooking quinoa and I loved it! only thing I did was add a tiny bit of olive oil to the water. I had never really tried quinoa but I’m so glad I did. Thanks Katie!

  95. Chris says:

    Quinoa makes a great tabouli, just use it instead of the bulgar wheat

  96. Brittany says:

    Thank you Katie, for letting us all know how to make this new grain. I know it is good for you, but I had given up trying to make it. You convinced me to try again, and I ma glad I did.



  97. Bailey says:

    Thanks Katie for telling all of us how to cook this. I know it’s good for you, but I had stayed away from trying it. Your post convinced me it was time to give it a try, and i was not disappointed.



  98. Misty Willard says:

    Can you share your original quinoa recipe? That was my go to for making quinoa in 20 minutes, even referred a ton of friends to your page because it was the best quinoa instructions. It’s been replaced by one that takes much longer. I’m sure it’s tasty too but I don’t have an hour to make quinoa. :(
    Thank you!

    1. Hi! I just added it back in to the post :)

  99. Heather says:

    Katie I love this! Never buying the precooked frozen quinoa again!



  100. Wanda Sanford says:

    GREAT recipe! I also love adding canned pumpkin and cinnamon after it cooks.