Home > Nutrition > How to Guides
November 10, 2014

by Alyssa

Do You Need to Rinse Your Quinoa? [VIDEO]

In this video I'll show you how to rinse quinoa to remove that bitter taste, leaving you with a pot of fluffy, protein-rich quinoa ready for any recipe!

One of the most common questions I get from readers is, “Why don't you rinse your quinoa?”. Well before I get to that, let's first chat about why quinoa needs to be rinsed in the first place.

Quinoa contains a bitter tasting outer coating which contains saponins. Essentially these saponins serve as a defense mechanism to the plant as it's growing – it keeps predators from eating the seeds.  If left untreated, quinoa would taste terrible. It would be bitter, grassy and basically inedible.

Since quinoa has grown in popularity over the past decade or so, it has become standard practice for the manufacturers/processors to pre-rinse the quinoa before it comes to market. Typically, the quinoa you purchase in North America and elsewhere in the world has been rinsed about three times. This should remove practically all the saponins and make the bitter flavor go away.

Why You Might Want to Rinse Your Quinoa

But, here's the thing…some people are simply more sensitive to the saponins than others. This means you'll want to spend the extra time to rinse it at home before you cook it.

How do you tell if you're more sensitive? Well, if you're one of those people who thinks quinoa tastes like soap or grass after you've cooked, that's a sign. Or, if you've noticed that you have an upset stomach or something of that nature after you eat quinoa, that's another sign. All you should have to do is just rinse it before you cook it.

In today's video, I show you how to rinse quinoa to remove that bitter flavor, then show you how to prepare it in your own kitchen. One thing to note is that if you choose to not cook your right away, you can dry it on a baking sheet either in a very low-heat oven or just air dry it. I'd recommend that you store your quinoa in the fridge after you let it dry just to be sure that it doesn't get rancid on you.

Want more quinoa videos to watch? Check these out!


Subscribe to the Simply Quinoa YouTube Channel!


share what you make

Tag #simplyquinoa on Instagram with your creations! We love sharing what you make with the community. We can’t wait to see!

About Alyssa

Hey there, I’m Alyssa Rimmer, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, yoga-lover, dog mom, and founder of Simply Quinoa. It’s nice to meet you! I created SQ as a way to provide solutions for women just like me, who were struggling to find helpful information about how to live a healthy and fulfilled life. My hope is that you will find inspiration here on SQ – in my story, in my recipes, in the hundreds of wellness articles, and in our amazing community. Welcome!

Interested in Healthy Eating? Grab our 7-Day Vegan Meal Plan!

With a week’s worth of simple and healthy meals, Eat Clean will help you see just how easy living a life full of whole foods can be. Recipe are 100% gluten-free and vegan!


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  1. Oh dear, no matter how much I rise it it still tastes soapy, I’ve even rinsed, soake and rinsed again, I even bought it to boil, rinsed again but that taste is still there, Guess quinoa is just not for me, which is sad!

  2. I’ve always rinsed coz it said to lol But a couple times I forgot and I didn’t really notice any bitterness. I love it either way. Having said that I’ll keep rinsing when I remember to


    3 Day Reset

    This reset plan is an easy-to-follow timeline
    to get you back on track within 72 hours!

    Welcome to Simply Quinoa! Our mission is to help women be well + truly healthy.

    This is a community that celebrates your own unique health journey, no matter where you are on your path. We will encourage you, inspire you and support you every step of the way.