How to cook Quinoa Print Recipe Print Recipe

Almost every time the conversation about quinoa comes up, a handful of people will confess that they’re not a fan. What? <mind.blown>. I’ve been determined to change the minds of everyone who’s had a bad experience and just ask that they (you?) give me the chance.

I mean, I probably make a big batch of quinoa once every (or every other) week. Everything from tabbouleh, mushroom and walnuts, kale sausage & quinoa scramblenon-traditional stuffing with quinoa and so much more! Quinoa is one of my favorite grains, 1. it’s gluten and dairy free 2. has more protein than rice and potatoes 3. works in so many different dishes.

Sometimes I’ll soak my quinoa, but then it retains more water and can become soggy. The reason for soaking is to remove the coating that can make it more bitter. I personally don’t mind (or taste) the bitterness. However, if you do soak, use less water.

Here’s my “recipe” and step-by-step guide to making nice and fluffy quinoa.

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  • HalfBakedHarvest

    I love quinoa. Great post!

  • shaunasever

    Who doesn’t love quinoa? Communists. Also, my husband and kid. Losers. I hope you convert the masses with this post! xo

  • Sheila Johnson

    Thanks for the tips…I need to make this more often.

  • Kate

    I love quinoa too but sometimes it seemed time-consuming to make. Enter Whole Foods frozen pre-cooked white quinoa – mw for 4 minutes and voila, (almost) instant awesomeness! (No, I don’t work for them – I just really love this product!) Take a cup of quinoa, mash in a banana, sprinkle with walnuts and cinnamon, add almond milk, and you have one of the best breakfasts ever.

  • Dana

    LOVE quinoa – I add it to everything! Thanks for the tips!

    The Casual Classic

  • natalie

    I am a huge fan of quinoa too!!! We have it a few times a week and my favorite is that you can make a huge batch and keep refrigerated without risking the taste.

    Natalie @ DRB

  • Jessica

    This is going to sound so silly but on the directions of quinoa package it says to rinse it first. How do you rinse it?! What do you strain it with? I tried but it got everywhere. grr! Do you rinse yours?

  • Tina

    My husband and kids don’t like it either! It’s so versatile. So many of my lunches are quinoa + some random left over. Also, I’ve found that cooking it in the rice cooker is easiest and get best results for me.