How to Cook Quinoa

Here is exactly how to cook quinoa – it’s so simple, there is little work involved!

quinoa in a measuring cup

I’m a huge fan of cooked quinoa. I love throwing it into a big pot of chili, adding it to soups, or enjoying it with our Chinese take-out instead of white rice. Quinoa is a great gluten-free source of protein, iron, and fiber. It’s also a quick way to get in a serving of whole grains. I also love to make granola or crispy veggie/cheese patties with it. Simply put, quinoa is so nutritious and even more versatile!

Here is how I cook quinoa.

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quinoa in a pot with a spatula

How to Cook Quinoa

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups cooked quinoa
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American


Here is exactly how to cook quinoa – it’s so simple, there is little work involved!


  • 2 cups (340g) well-rinsed, uncooked quinoa
  • 3 cups (720ml) water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Combine uncooked quinoa, water, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, decrease the heat, and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, until the quinoa is tender and you can see the little quinoa “curlicues.”
  2. Cooked quinoa stays fresh for up to 6-7 days in the refrigerator or 8 months in the freezer.

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