How to cook quinoa

How to cook quinoa



  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 4 cups water or stock


Step1. Rinse quinoa under cold water.

Step 2. Place in frying pan over a low-medium heat and toast for 5-7 minutes.

Step 3. Place in a saucepan and cover with water or stock. Bring to the boil and then reduce heat to low and cover with a lid. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Step 4. Use a fork to fluff up the cooked quinoa and separate the grains.

How to cook quinoa

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  • Toasting quinoa gives it a delicious nutty flavour but I skip this step (Step 2.) when I am short on time.
  • You can also cook quinoa in the microwave. Just place it in a microwave safe dish with a lid (from Step 3.) and cook on high for 15 minutes.
  • Quinoa seeds are covered with a substance called saponin. You need to rinse quinoa thoroughly before cooking to remove this. Most quinoa is pre-rinsed but you should always rinse it to be sure.
  • This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder.

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