Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is the basic recipe for cooking quinoa. You can use it in place of rice, or you can use it as the basis of a salad or tabouleh. Quinoa is a light and wholesome grain that is gluten free. It is prepared quickly and easily with this basic method. This recipe makes 3 cups of cooked quinoa


  1. Wash the quinoa with water, using a strainer. Same as you would wash rice.
  2. Place quinoa and water in a 1 1/2 quart/ medium sized saucepan, bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until all of the water is absorbed (about 15 minutes).
  3. You will know that the quinoa is done when all the grains have turned from white to transparent, and the spiral-like germ has separated.


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I made quinoa from another recipe and it did not absorb all of the water. When I ran across this recipe I was amazed as Ihad never known what it was suppose to look like nor how to get it to that stage. Thank you for teaching me the basics I lovesd having that knowledge you inserted at the end

muffinlady May 08, 2012

Thanks for the foundation recipe! I had never made quinoa before last night... I made it as a seasoned "rice" and it came out great.

JenniferB_RN April 06, 2011

This worked really well! I did have to cook longer than 15 minutes, though, to let all the liquid be absorbed. I toasted my quinoa after washing it (per another recipe instructions) and let it cool. Then I cooked as directed in this recipe, but using vegetable stock. Came out really well - thanks for sharing!

Laughing in the Kitchen March 06, 2011

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