How To Cook Quinoa

cooked quinoa in a small grey bowl on a white background.

Learn how to cook perfect, fluffy quinoa on the stove, plus everything else you ever wanted to know about the healthy, quick-cooking grain.


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water or low sodium broth
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Add quinoa to a fine mash strainer and rinse under running water. (optional - see note below)
  2. Place quinoa in a medium saucepan on the stove. Add water or broth and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Place the lid on the saucepan, lower the heat to a gentle simmer, and simmer 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, let the covered quinoa rest for 5-10 minutes, then fluff with a fork and serve.


  • Many kinds of boxed packaged quinoa are pre-rinsed. If you're unsure, rise quinoa first to prevent a bitter taste.
  • Use broth in place of some or all of the water for more flavorful quinoa.
  • Add 1/4 tsp salt for every 1 cup uncooked quinoa.
  • Set a timer for the simmering. I can't tell you how many times I've forgotten about my quinoa on the stove until I could smell it burning. Oops!

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