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How to Cook Quinoa

To cook quinoa:

Rinse under a steady stream of cold water:

  • 1 cup of uncooked quinoa in a fine meshed strainer for several minutes

In a heavy bottomed pan heat:

  • 3-4 Tb olive oil
  • Rinsed quinoa

Cook until the water is gone and it starts to toast –takes about 2 min.


  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Bring it to a boil.  Turn down heat to simmer.  Cover and cook for about 15 minutes.  Check to see if it’s soft.  If it’s still a bit crunchy or there’s some water in the bottom of the pan cook it another 5 minutes with the lid off.

Once the quinoa is cooked turn it into a wide, shallow pan for quick cooling.

If you’re adding cooked quinoa as an element in another dish (salad) don’t add the acid (lime or lemon juice) until it’s ready to eat or the quinoa will turn to mush.