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Cooked quinoa in a large saucepot.
4.75 from 4 votes

How to Cook Quinoa

Learn how to cook perfectly fluffy and flavorful Quinoa every time with my easy step-by-step instructions, tips, and tricks. You’ll be a rice-cooking pro in no time!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Rest Time5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 3 cups cooked quinoa
Calories: 238kcal


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin - (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder - (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder - (optional)
  • cups water - or broth (vegetable broth or low-sodium chicken broth)
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Place 1 measured cup of quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer. Rinse well with water, drain, and set aside.
  • Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a medium-sized pot or saucepan set over medium heat. Swirl to coat the entire surface of your pan. Stir in desired spices (optional) followed by the rinsed and drained dried quinoa. Toast the quinoa, stirring continuously, for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add 1 and 3/4 cup vegetable broth (what I used), or water, low-sodium chicken broth, or even beef or bone broth. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, reduce your stove to low heat. Season with salt and pepper. If I'm using broth (homemade or store-bought), I will start with 1/2 a teaspoon of salt. If I'm using water, I will add a full teaspoon of salt. Cover the pot and cook for approximately 15-20 minutes.
  • With the lid still on, remove the pot from heat and allow it to rest for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and gently fluff with a fork. Season with any additional salt and pepper, to taste, or season with fresh herbs, including freshly chopped parsley or cilantro.


*The spices are optional. Feel free to add what you love and leave out the rest. Or make up your very own blend of spices.
Nutrition Facts: 3 servings, (approximately) 1 cup of cooked quinoa per serving


Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 398mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 3mg
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