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How to cook fluffy quinoa
How to cook fluffy quinoa (Stove Top method)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Total Time
12 mins

Cook perfect quinoa every time in 20 minutes. 

Course: How to
Cuisine: Global, Gluten-free, Vegan
Difficulty:: Easy
Servings: 4
Calories: 156 kcal
Author: Traffic Light Cook
  • 1 cup quinoa (pre-soaked or rinsed)
  • 1-3/4 cups water*
  • 1/4 tsp salt**
  1. Soak quinoa overnight (optional). Before cooking rinse pre-soaked quinoa or dry quinoa quite well under running water. 

  2. Over medium heat add the rinsed quinoa to a heavy-bottom pot and roast for about two minutes. Add water and cook uncovered till all the liquid is absorbed. Quinoa, when cooked is soft and chewy. Cover the pot for five minutes and then fluff the cooked quinoa with a fork. Enjoy in your favorite dishes. 

Recipe Notes

If quinoa is not pre-soaked and rinsed, it is essential to wash quinoa well under running water to remove antinutritents--saponins (see Demystifying Quinoa for more information.) If not washed off, saponins can cause stomach ache. 

*if you are not going to add cooked quinoa to something sweet, using homemade vegetable broth lends a mild flavor to the otherwise slightly blend flavor of quinoa. 

**I often don't add salt as I also use quinoa in making desserts and morning porridge. But if I pre-decide that quinoa is going to be exclusively used in savory recipes, I add 1/4 tsp salt per cup of dry quinoa. 

Note: 1 cup quinoa yields about 3 (packed) cups of cooked quinoa and has 4 servings. 

Nutrition Facts
How to cook fluffy quinoa (Stove Top method)
Amount Per Serving (0.75 cup)
Calories 156 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Potassium 239mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 6g 12%
Calcium 2%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.