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How to Cook Quinoa

A quick guide on how to cook quinoa.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 344kcal


  • 170 g (1 cup) quinoa
  • 480 ml (2 cups) water or stock
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Salt optional


  • Pour the quinoa into a fine mesh sieve.
  • Rinse under a running tap and thoroughly wash the quinoa (rubbing through it with your fingers) for 3 mins to remove any bitter outer coating.
  • Let the quinoa drain for a few mins to remove the excess liquid.
  • Place the quinoa into a pot and add in the water, oil and salt and bring to the boil.
  • Reduce to a simmer, cover and let cook for 15 mins - you will see tiny spirals (aka the germ) coming out of the seeds.
  • Remove the quinoa from the heat, open and fluff the grains and let stand for about 10 mins.
  • The cooked quinoa should have a slight bite to it.


Make sure that you drain the excess water after rinsing the quinoa before cooking. Just to make sure you do not end up with excess water when cooking. If you are not sure about the quinoa being fully drained then reduce the cooking water a little bit.


Serving: 2servings | Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 964mg | Potassium: 478mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 510IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 3.9mg