How to Cook Quinoa


Step 1. Rinse quinoa under running water for at least 30 seconds or until the water runs clear. Drain.

Stovetop method: Combine rinsed quinoa, water, and salt in a saucepan. Bring the liquid to a gentle boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the saucepan. Cook for 7 minutes. Remove the lid briefly and stir. Cover and cook for 7 minutes more. Remove from the heat. Set aside for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork.

Rice cooker: Add rinsed quinoa, water, and salt to the rice cooker. Add a drizzle of oil if the inner pot is not nonstick. Cook using the white rice option. Check the quinoa for unopened seeds. If it is not fully cooked, add more water if the quinoa is dry, and continue cooking until it automatically switches off.

Instant Pot: Spray inner pot with oil. Add the rinsed quinoa, water, and salt to the inner pot. Lock the lid and set the steam valve to the sealing position. Select manual and cook for 1 minute on high pressure. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes. Then release any remaining pressure and fluff with a fork.

Use a 1200W microwave for best results. Transfer the rinsed quinoa, water, and salt to a microwave-safe container. Add a drizzle of oil, if using. Stir to submerge. Fully cover with a plate.Cook for 6 minutes on high. Stir and cook for 4 minutes more. Set aside covered for 5 minutes for the quinoa to absorb any excess water. Fluff with a fork.

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