How to Cook Quinoa to Perfection

Learn how to cook quinoa to perfection. Super easy and fluffy quinoa with no effort.



    • 1 cup quinoa

    • 1 cup water

    • ½ teaspoon salt

    • 1 garlic clove

    • 1 teaspoon olive oil


    1. Wash your quinoa, for this, place the quinoa into a mesh strainer and wash it under running water or some filtered water. This is a crucial step that will eliminate the saponins, making the quinoa less bitter and easier to digest. Once washed set it aside. 

    1. In a saucepan add the olive oil and fry the garlic clove on medium-low heat. This will infusionate the olive oil with the garlic flavor. 

    1. Add the washed quinoa to the saucepan and cover with the water.

    1. Season with salt and let cook on medium heat until the quinoa has absorbed the water. 


Depending on the amount of quinoa and water you might need a bit more time to cook it, but having in mind that it’s done once it has absorbed all the water you’ll be fine. If you want to have softer quinoa, just cover the saucepan and let it sit with the residual heat for additional 5 minutes. 

The cooked quinoa can be served as a side dish or used in salads. (link to the Mediterranean salad recipe) 

Tt can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days in a sealed container.