How to Cook Quinoa
The fact that you’re reading this post means that you’ve heard about quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah), the miracle grain. I say that with some amount of sarcasm, but it really is good stuff. It’s high in protein and fiber, ranks low (35) on the glycemic index, and is vegan-friendly and gluten free.
Quinoa must be rinsed well before cooking. I cover my quinoa in cold water and swish it around with my fingers until the water gets cloudy. Then I drain and repeat. It usually takes three rinses before the water looks clear.
Here are the basic instructions for cooking quinoa. You can then use the cooked quinoa in a variety of dishes.
Ingredients for 3 cups, cooked
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
Place the quinoa and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until all water is absorbed.
Rice Cooker Instructions
Cooking quinoa in a rice cooker is just as easy as cooking rice. Add the quinoa and water to the rice cooker. Stir. Close lid. Press start.
How do I know when it’s done?
You’ll know that the quinoa is fully cooked when the grains look transparent and the spiral germ has separated from the grain.