How to cook Quinoa – and what to do with it!

How to cook quinoa: a nutty flavor and super fast cooking time make cooking quinoa from scratch a great option for healthy meals!
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 104kcal
Author: Kylee Cooks


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 ¾ cups water or broth


  • Begin by rinsing the quinoa until the water runs clear.
  • In a small saucepan bring water (or broth, depending on usage) to a boil then add quinoa.
  • Cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes until all the water is absorbed (Small pockets of air will appear on the surface - see pics below)
  • Remove from heat, and remove lid.
  • Fluff with a fork.
  • Devour.



1 cup uncooked quinoa needs 1.75 Cups of liquid (the box says 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups liquid - but for me, if you do a 1:2 ratio, you end up with gummy, paste-y quinoa)
1 cup of uncooked quinoa will yield 3 cups cooked


Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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