How to Cook: Quinoa

See the translucent swirls? It’s done.

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

Stovetop Instructions

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.

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