How To Prepare Quinoa

I promised I’d tell you more about quinoa. Today, let’s talk about how to prepare quinoa. It is actually quite simple. You cook quinoa very much like you cook lose rice. To prepare just plain quinoa, mix 1 part of the grain with 2 parts of water.

For example, mix one cup of quinoa with 2 cups of water in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, and give it a good stir. Then turn the heat to low and put a lid on your pot. Cook the quinoa for 10 to 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.

Remove the cooked grain from the stove and fluff it with a fork before you serve it. You can serve it as a side dish just like you would plain rice like this.

You can also use the cooked quinoa to add it to soups and stews or use it instead of rice in casseroles.

Ready for more quinoa tips and recipes, I recommend you get a copy of this ebook to learn more. It’s called “The Complete Guide to Cooking With Quinoa“.

It’s packed full of delicious recipes for anything from soups and stews to salads, stir fries and even dessert.


  1. Susan says

    You also need to rinse quinoa well before you use it. If you don’t it will taste bitter.

  2. veronica v says

    Ive never rinsed and have had no problems with bitterness.

    I use it to make orzo salad with lemon and pinenuts, just replace orzo with quinoa.

  3. says

    I am hooked on quinoa! I just tried it for the first time today (thanks for the introduction Susanne) and I can’t stop eating it! Yes, I made it for a recipe I found on this site, the Black Bean and Tomato Salad, but I’m hovering over the stove eating it right out of the pan!

    I am watching my diet, trying to lose weight with exercise and eating right. Quinoa is my new best friend! It’s packed with dietary fiber, protein, has EVERY essential amino acid, and only 25 calories from fat. I’ve eaten about 1/4 cup so far and I already feel full!

    When it’s cooked, you’ll see little “germ rings” appear. These add the bit of crunch you get when you eat it. It’s very tasty, light, fluffy, yet has a nice hearty texture… and that little “crunch” is fun.

    I paid a bit too much for the box I bought at my neighborhood grocery store and will do a bit of research for a cheaper source. I’m stocking my pantry with quinoa.

    Thanks again for introducing me to this great new food source, Susanne!

  4. Laura in Ohio says

    A note about rinsing Quinoa…some Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-WHA,for those who don’t know) comes pre-rinsed, and some doesn’t. Usually if you’ve bought yours from a bulk bin (like at a health food store) it won’t be pre-rinsed.

    The not pre-rinsed kind must be rinsed, or it will taste bitter and awful. To rinse: put measured amount you will be using into a strainer (not a colander-the holes are too big)) and run this grain under cool water while ‘swishing’ and moving the grains around with your fingers. You’ll see the rinse water look a bit bubbly. When the bubbles stop after a few minutes it is rinsed.

    Happy Quinoa eating!

  5. says

    I make quinoa in a rice cooker, if you have one of these it makes it even easier to prepare. Bob’s red mill brand quinoa does not require rinsing, I like getting that brand.

    I have found good deals on it by ordering through amazon. I check it regularly and have found it pretty inexpensive a couple of times.

  6. KatBallou says

    For those looking for a cheap price for quinoa, I buy it from bulk bins at Winco for $3.45 lb. The plastic bag is free, no fancy box and labels to pay for. Hope this helps.

  7. KatBallou says

    Has anyone tried it raw? I was nibbling on my flax seeds and decided to taste the quinoa raw. It has no bitter taste. It tastes nutty. I sprinkled some on my salad and it was great. Is there a reason you should cook it or can you just add it to salad, etc., or into a trail mix type combination? I just heard about it from a Dr. Oz show and am trying it for the first time so know nothing about it except that he said it was a super food. Thanks for your feedback.


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