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How To Cook Quinoa - 4 Easy Ways

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  • Author: Vicky and Ruth
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


In this useful how to cook quinoa guide, you'll learn all about quinoa, the different types of quinoa, and how to cook it in four different fast and easy methods.


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  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/3 cups of water, you may also use vegetable broth.
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt


How To Cook Quinoa On The Stove

  1. Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer for at least 30 seconds.
  2. Heat olive oil in a deep non-stick skillet for which you have a lid.
  3. Add rinsed quinoa and toast for 2 minutes on medium-high heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly
  4. Add water and salt.  Bring to a boil uncovered.
  5. Once the water is boiling, cover the pan and turn the heat to low for 20 minutes.  We usually move it to a smaller burner.
  6. After 20 minutes, turn off the heat and let it sit covered for 10 minutes.

How To Cook Quinoa In The Oven

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer for at least 30 seconds.
  3. In an 8x8 non-stick baking pan add the rinsed quinoa, 1 1/3 cups of boiling water, salt, and olive oil
  4. Mix well and cover tightly with aluminum foil.  We like to place the pan on a baking sheet so it is easier to place it in the oven.
  5. Bake the quinoa for 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let it sit for 10 minutes. 
  6. Be careful when you lift the aluminum foil, hot steam may escape.

How To Cook Quinoa On The Instant Pot, Multicooker or Pressure Cooker

  1. Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer for at least 30 seconds.
  2. Add rinsed quinoa, water, oil, and salt to the Instant Pot.  Lock the lid and cook on high pressure for 1 minute.  Let the pressure release naturally.

How To Cook Quinoa With The Boiling Method

  1. Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer for at least 30 seconds.
  2. In a medium saucepan add rinsed quinoa, 4 cups of water, oil and salt.
  3. Bring to a boil and cook uncovered  for 12 minutes ( while boiling)
  4. Strain the quinoa.


  1. 1 cup of uncooked quinoa makes 3 cups of cooked quinoa
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Stuffing the empanadas: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: How To
  • Method: All
  • Cuisine: International


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup cooked
  • Calories: 111
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 195.2 mg
  • Fat: 2.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18.2 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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