How to Cook Quinoa

A plate of cooked quinoa on top of a linen towel with a spoon

Back to basics with quinoa and learn how to cook your favorite healthy food. Quinoa is one of the most versatile gluten-free seeds, easy to prepare, is a great carb side dish, or even as the main protein, and you can add to any meal.




  1. Rinse quinoa under cold running water in a mesh colander for about 30 seconds and drain well. Doing this will remove the bitterness caused by the naturally occurring saponins that is produced to keep the insects away.
  2. Add the rinsed quinoa and water or broth in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce heat to low to simmer, and cover with lid.
  3. Let simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork and let sit for another 5 minutes.



  1. You can store cooked quinoa in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to one week or stored in the freezer for up to 8 months. 
  2. Serve as a side dish- drizzle some olive oil on top with fresh herbs like basil and parsley, crumbled goat or feta cheese, and a dash of salt and pepper. You can even add some chopped nuts, minced garlic and a splash of lemon juice. 

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