How to Cook Quinoa Perfectly


How to Cook Quinoa Perfectly

Cooking quinoa is super easy to do, once you know these steps.

I’ll admit, it can be easy to mess it up, especially if you don’t rinse it properly. But even if you do that, I promise you’ll never do it again and you’ll learn the lesson fast.

How to Cook Quinoa Perfectly Tip #1

Cooking quinoa is like cooking rice. You need an accurate ratio for it to work. A perfect ratio means you end up with a fluffy steamed bowl of quinoa at the end and not a soggy mess.

How to Cook Quinoa Perfectly Tip #2

Rinse well! Quinoa has a coating on it which tastes really sour and unpleasant. This coating needs to be rinsed off completely before cooking. If you don’t rinse properly your quinoa will taste sour and no amount of tasty toppings will make it better.

Depending where your quinoa is sourced from will depend on how well you need to rinse it. Use a sieve and pay attention to the water colour, it will go from a bit murky and cloudy to clear. That’s how you know your quinoa is ready to be cooked.

How to Cook Quinoa Perfectly Tip #3

Toast your quinoa before you add water. This will add a nutty flavour to your quinoa and make it taste nutty and delicious. You can do this toasting step will all of your grains / rice.

How to Cook Quinoa Perfectly Tip #4

A well fitted lid and exactly 15 minutes. We’re cooking quinoa with an absorption method, which means, with a perfect ratio of quinoa:water + a good lid + 15 minutes. Your quinoa will be cooked to perfection.

How to Cook Quinoa Perfectly Tip #5

Rest - once quinoa is cooked leave the pot to rest for 10 minutes with the lid on. It’s important you don’t peek or lift the lid. You want all the heat and steam to stay in the pot and gently finish cooking the quinoa.

How to Cook Quinoa Perfectly


  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 1.5 cups water / broth / stock

  • Optional flavour boosters - 1 bay leaf / garlic clove / lemon slices


  1. Rinse quinoa well using a sieve until water runs clear.

  2. Add quinoa, water and optional flavour boosters to a pot with a good fitting lid.

  3. Bring to boil, put lid on and simmer for 15 minutes.

  4. Once 15 minutes is up, allow quinoa to rest (with lid on, don’t peek) for another 10 minutes.

  5. Use quinoa is salads, soups or one pot oven dishes. Store quinoa in fridge for 3-5 days.
    If you don’t eat all the quinoa, portion into serves and freeze in snap lock bags or containers for later use.