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How to Cook Quinoa

Learn how to cook quinoa on the stove. Cooking perfect fluffy quinoa is quick and easy!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 3 cups
Calories: 104kcal


  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 ¾ cups water or low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt optional (omit if cooking quinoa in broth)


  • Place quinoa in a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cold running water for about 1 minute. Drain.
  • Place quinoa, water or broth, and salt (optional) in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until all of the water is absorbed. This will take between 10-18 minutes, depending on how much quinoa you are cooking. My 1 cup of quinoa took 14 minutes to cook at a low simmer.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and let rest, covered, for 5 minutes. Use a fork to fluff and separate the quinoa.


  • Recipe may be scaled up or down to cook more or less quinoa. The quantity of quinoa you are cooking will affect the cook time. A smaller amount of quinoa will cook faster than a larger amount. Check on your quinoa every few minutes. It is done when all of the liquid has been absorbed.
  • You can refrigerate or freeze your cooked quinoa. Cool quinoa and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. For food safety, refrigerate cooked quinoa within 2 hours of cooking.
  • Nutrition information is for quinoa cooked in water with salt.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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