How to Cook Quinoa
Struggle to cook fluffy quinoa? We've got you covered with the complete guide on how to cook quinoa. It includes step-by-step instructions and photos, as well as storage tips and our favorite ways to use it.
I've been honing my quinoa cooking game for years, which is probably no surprise.
So if you're looking for the best tips and tricks to make perfect quinoa every time, you've come to the right place. This post includes everything you need to know about how to cook quinoa.
And good news: it's simple and easy!
What You'll Learn In This Post:
What Equipment do I need?
You don't need much in the way of equipment to make the best quinoa. All you need is:
- A small saucepan
- A fork
That's it! Grab your quinoa, and you're ready to get cooking.
My Favorite Saucepan
This stainless steel saucepan from All-Clad is the perfect pot to cook your quinoa in!
How to Cook Quinoa: Step by Step Instructions
Combine the quinoa and water. Simply add your uncooked quinoa (any variety) into the pan with your water (or broth).
Bring to a boil. As soon as you reach a boil, reduce the heat to low to maintain a gentle simmer, cover the pot, and cook for 10 to 12 minutes. You're done when the water is absorbed and the grains are fluffy and expanded.
Remove from the heat. Take the pot off of the heat and remove the lid. Let the pot rest for five minutes, then use your fork to fluff the grains. Now you're ready to eat!
How Much Quinoa and Water should I Use?
The right ratio of quinoa and water is important. Too much water, and your grains will be soggy and sticky. Too little, and you'll probably burn the quinoa on the bottom of the pot.
This post explains the perfect quinoa cooking ratio. I use 1 cup of quinoa for every 1.75 cups of water.
How Long Should Does it Take?
If you're cooking a smaller amount of quinoa, 1 cup or less, check after 8 minutes of cooking. For 1.5 to 2 cups, check after 10, and for larger quantities, you may need up to 15 minutes.
The best way to know that your quinoa is done is to check it! Look for grains with the seed separated from the hull. Then you know it's done.
Once your quinoa is fully cooled, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.
Can I Freeze Quinoa?
Yes! Freeze portions of cooked, cooled quinoa in airtight, freezer-safe containers for up to six months. Defrost in the fridge overnight or in the microwave.
How to Use Cooked Quinoa
I have tons of recipes that will put your grains to good use. Here are some of the most popular:
If you use this formula for How to Cook Quinoa, be sure to let me know how it works for you with a comment below!
How to Cook Quinoa
- 1 cup uncooked white quinoa
- 1.75 cups water
- Add you water and quinoa into a small saucepan.
- Turn on high and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover and reduce to a simmer for 8 – 12 minutes (depending on how much quinoa you are cooking).
- The quinoa is done cooking when the water has been absorbed and the germ has separated from the seed.
- Remove from the heat, remove the lid and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
- Fluff with a fork and enjoy!