Quinoa is Amazing: How to Cook Quinoa Properly

I love the light flavor of quinoa! It is easy to digest, and is not sticky or heavy like grains, making it a wonderful grain-like food for summer.

It is more than just a tasty food. Quinoa has many powerful health benefits:

  1. Quinoa is a high quality protein food with the nine essential amino acids; the protein balance is similar to milk with 8 grams of protein per cup in each. This is great for vegetarians.
  2. It is not fattening. Only 223 calories for 1 cup of cooked quinoa.
  3. Smart Carb: It is a complex carbohydrate with a low glycemic index, so it won’t spike your blood sugar.

Also, it is part of another major food trend of today: gluten-free eating. It is not even a grain; it is a seed. Seeds contain mostly the embryo part of the plant, while grains contain mostly the fruit part of the plant and comes from the grass family.

 For more about the many health benefits read: 8 Health Benefits of Quinoa

How to Cook Quinoa Properly
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  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • pinch of Himalayan salt or sea salt (optional)


  1. Place quinoa in a strainer, then run cold water over it until the entire soapy residue has been washed away. You can taste-test a few seeds; if they still have a bitter taste, run more cold water over them. Rub the seeds while rinsing with water for extra removal.
  2. On the stovetop: Add water to a small saucepan, and bring to a boil. Add a pinch of salt. Simmer for about 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.
  3. In the pressure cooker: Combine rinsed quinoa, water, and salt. Cook at high pressure for 1-5 minutes with a natural release, depending on the texture you prefer. The longer you cook, the softer the quinoa will be. A shorter cooking time will yield chewier results.
  4. In a rice cooker: Combine rinsed quinoa, water, and salt. Turn on your rice cooker (use the brown rice setting, if you have one). When the cooker pops, your quinoa is ready to serve.
  5. NOTE: Always Rinse Quinoa - Although highly nutritious, it is actually coated with the toxic chemical saponin; you must rinse the quinoa thoroughly. Saponins can be challenging to the immune system and stomach. Commercial processing methods remove much of the bitter soapy saponins coating quinoa seeds, but it is best to rinse again to remove any of the powdery saponins that may remain on the seeds.

I usually just serve quinoa in the same way I do with rice with vegetables. I have been known to eat a bowl full all by itself because it tastes so good.

How often to eat quinoa?

Like all good foods, we need variety. It’s best not to eat quinoa, or any food, every day. A few times a week is good enough.

Please do not cook a huge pot of quinoa or any other grain to last you all week. Refrigerating cooked grains imparts a waxy texture and washes out their subtle flavors. Freshly prepared foods satiate and energize; stale and leftover foods make us feel stale and leftover.

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Mia G
Past Member 1 years ago

Thank you

Marija M
Marija M1 years ago


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Barbara P
Barbara P1 years ago

I like Quinoa, but it is an acquired taste that I'm not a huge fan of, so I don't eat it as often as I should. I think I should make some for my supper tonight! :)

Maritza D
Maritza D2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Marie P.
Marie P3 years ago

One of my favourite grains. Thank you Diana.

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill3 years ago

Thanks, didn't know about washing it first.

Dt Nc
Dt Nc3 years ago