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5-Ingredient Garlic Butter Quinoa

This delicious garlic butter quinoa recipe is one of the easiest recipes you'll ever make! It uses just 5 ingredients, one pan, and goes well with everything!

When you're craving fluffy white quinoa that's got an indulgent buttery flavor, this is what you need to make. And if that isn't something you've craved before, this is still what you need to make!

This garlic butter quinoa is legit one of the best ways to make quinoa ever. It's so easy – hello, one pot! – but it can also be used a ton of different ways and pairs well with everything.

Whether you're looking for the ultimate healthy side, or you want a new jazzy way to enjoy quinoa, I can't wait for you to try this.

Ingredients for Garlic Butter Quinoa

What You'll Need to Make This Recipe

You guys know I don't eat dairy, so I decided to use a vegan butter spread to get that nice buttery flavor into the quinoa, but you could certainly also use regular butter or ghee.

For the garlic, we're using organic garlic powder from Simply Organic. What I love about using garlic powder – and I use it in pretty much everything – is that you get that nice garlic flavor without having to do an extra step of cooking. No chopping, no mincing, no sauteeing, but still all that incredible garlic flavor.

And of course, since it's a powder, it's easy to stir in and gets incorporated evenly throughout the entire dish.

To that we're also adding salt, quinoa and we're cooking it all in vegetable broth!

How to Make Garlic Butter Quinoa

How to Make Garlic Butter Quinoa

In addition to this recipe only using 5 ingredients, you also just need one pot. Basically, we're going to cook the quinoa like we normally would – in a liquid, then simmer until fluffy – and just add in the flavorings.

Here's how to make it:

  • Put the quinoa, garlic powder, butter, and salt in the pan
  • Add the vegetable broth
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and cover
  • Simmer it until it's fluffy
  • Fluff with a fork and serve!

And that's it! So simple and delish.

Easy Quinoa with Garlic

How to Make Quinoa More Flavorful

We're using vegetable broth instead of water to help give this garlic butter quinoa even more flavor. The vegetable broth adds a touch of saltiness, while also complementing the butter really nicely.

If you're not a veggie broth fan, you have other options. You could use chicken broth, water or you could also do water and a chicken/vegetable bouillon cube. Either method will give you the same effect: a flavorful quinoa dish that goes well with everything!

And when I say everything, I really mean it!

Fluffy Quinoa with Garlic

How to Serve Our Garlic Butter Quinoa

This is one of those recipes that you can serve a million and one ways. From breakfast to lunch, to dinner, to leftovers, to sides, to dessert (wait…what!? jk). Garlic + butter + anything = heaven

Well, okay, maybe not a million different ways, but you get the idea. It's a versatile recipe and you're gonna love it!

Here are some ways that I recommend trying:

  • Lunch/dinner: toss it with sauteed mushrooms, broccoli, and tofu/chicken (or chickpeas)
  • Breakfast: serve it warm with a soft boiled egg, some salsa, and sliced avocado
  • Leftovers: saute  chopped tomatoes and white beans
  • As a side: serve warm with grilled chicken (or tofu), roasted asparagus and a salad
  • And for dessert: Ummm yeah, I got nothing there 😉

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5-Ingredient Garlic Butter Quinoa

4.2 from 393 votes
This delicious garlic butter quinoa recipe is one of the easiest recipes you'll ever make! It uses just 5 ingredients, one pan and goes well with everything!
author: Alyssa
yield: 4 servings
5- Ingredient Garlic Butter Quinoa
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Standing time: 5 minutes
Total: 20 minutes



  • Add all ingredients to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir until butter has melted. Cover and reduce to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove lid, take off the heat and fluff with a fork. Let stand for 5 minutes then serve.


* if you're sensitive to garlic, start with 1 teaspoon and add more to taste.


Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 786mg | Potassium: 266mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 385IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2.1mg
cuisine: American
course: Side Dish

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71 comments on “5-Ingredient Garlic Butter Quinoa”

  1. This was so easy, and super delish! Hubby was grilling beer brats & BBQ chicken so I needed a quick side and went with this. Served as is (nothing added) but veggies would have been great had I thought that far ahead (instead of serving a separate veggie). I did feel like it could have used some tweaking for the cook time because there was a little liquid remaining, but that absorbed eventually after sitting uncovered for a while. I used chicken broth but don’t skimp on the salt, and for us the garlic was perfect (I’m just really glad I realized that word was “teaspoons” and not “tablespoons”)! Next time i’ll try sautéing a little garlic first, or maybe adding the chickpeas as suggested above. A really great, versatile recipe!

    1. I’m so glad it was a hit!! This recipe is the best, it can be enjoyed so many ways and would be great with veggies added in!

    1. I am so glad you are enjoying it and left a review, Brenda!! Let us know if you try any of our other recipes too 🙂

  2. I started making this and my husband is obsessed. He loves it and now makes it for us often. I will say it takes much longer to cook than the recipe instructions because it’s a lot of liquid that needs to absorb. But it’s worth the wait.

  3. I’ve never made this before so I was a bit apprehensive. I’m so happy I chose this recipe. It came out really good. Thank you!

  4. I made this tonight and it was delicious. After reading other comments, the only think I changed was reducing the broth to 1-1/2 cups. The directions on the quinoa I use is 1 cup to 1-1/2 cups of water or broth. Consistency was perfect.

  5. I used fresh garlic (from the garden) instead of the powdered form, because my fiance just harvested some today – and I don’t have the Simply Organic on hand. I put it through the press and gave it a quick saute with one teaspoon of the ‘butter’ before adding the quinoa & the rest of the ingredients. I think it came out very well.

  6. Delicious. Added some diced carrot and onion, lemon zest and red chili flakes. Used low sodium vegetable broth. Used as side dish with grilled salmon and roasted Brussels sprouts. This’ll go on the “good for company” meals list. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. This was delicious! I used 2 tsp of garlic powder and that was perfect. It did take a little longer for the broth to cook down, so next time I won’t turn the heat quite as low. Thank you for this recipe!

  8. Too salty and Like another reviewer said, mine was also a mush of water at the end. Simmering more with the top off helped. I would make again because it has good flavor. I will increase boil time with top and without and maybe decrease liquid and definitely less salt.

    1. Have you cooked regular quinoa before? It sounds like you had too much water or didn’t let it cook for long enough.

    2. Dang haters are funny haha! You could also throw the whole recipe into a rice cooker, then it will cook until the liquid is gone based off pressure

  9. Alyssa,
    Can you please give me an alternative to vegetable broth in the garlic butter quinoa recipe?
    I don’t have a vegetable broth where I live (outside US).
    What can I replace it with and still keep it vegan and gluten free?

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      Raquel A Lambropoulos

      I agree with Akyssa mine was perfect and I followed the recipe and never made it before. Did you not cover

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  12. I’ve been looking for more easy recipes that I can quickly make after coming back from a long day of classes. This definitely is one that I’ll be using time and time again. If you don’t like garlic, then this obviously isn’t the recipe for you. After reading some of the other comments, I opted for a little a less garlic than the recipe called for the first time around and in the times that I’ve made it since, I’ve increased the amount of garlic powder. If you love garlic, this is definitely a good recipe to try. Play with it a bit to see how much garlic feels right but otherwise this is awesome and very yummy!

    1. Love this!!! Subbed chicken bouillon for the veggie broth and it goes great with chicken cooked out on the grill. Thanks for this simple and easy side!!!!

  13. I will definitely try it soon!
    Can I use real garlic? I have some already chopped in a jar that I bought at the store… How much should I use?
    Thank you 🙂

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  15. SO garlicky!! I love garlic but only 3 teaspoons since garlic powder is strong stuff. OMG! The whole family skipped it 🙁 except Grandpa who can’t taste anymore

  16. This sounds so good and I can’t wait to make it however my bag of quinoa states to rinse before cooking. I don’t recall your recipe saying to do that. Should we rinse before cooking the quinoa?

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  18. What’s the green leafy stuff and the red seasoning you used to garnish the quinoa?? Looks delicious I’m trying this tonight!

  19. Too garlicky! Recipe calls for 3 -4 teaspoons of garlic powder, I used 3 and it was way too much. And I love garlic. Maybe you meant 3/4?

  20. I made this last night, it was so good, I used chicken broth, but it was still amazing! Planning on putting the leftovers in my salad! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Shana Vancol Valcourt

    Omg soooo goood. But to much garlic for me so instead I only put 1 tps and a half. But still super goood ????????

  23. I make this every week now! I love it so much, I always add chopped, sauteed brussel sprouts to it as well- so yummy!

      1. I made this last night, and it was fantastic. So easy! I mixed in a can of chickpeas and topped with roasted Brussels sprouts and parsnips. This is such a great way to use up leftover veggies.