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How to cook quinoa perfectly on the stovetop
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How to Cook Quinoa

Learn how to cook quinoa easily. Follow my step-by-step tutorial to make perfect quinoa on your stovetop. It's a quick and staple recipe with fluffy texture
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 156kcal
Author Yumna Jawad



  • Place the quinoa in a fine mesh sieve; Rinse thoroughly in cold water until the water runs clear to remove any residue off the quinoa; drain.
  • Transfer the drained quinoa to a small saucepan and add water or broth and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Lower heat to a simmer, cover the saucepan with a lid and cook covered for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from the heat. Allow the quinoa to rest in the saucepan for about 5 minutes, without opening the lid, to absorb all the liquid and steam. Uncover and fluff with a fork to separate the quinoa.
  • Use in a recipe or transfer to a storage container for up to 5 days.


Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last up to 5 days in the fridge.
Nutritional Data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific type of quinoa you use.
Photo Credit: Erin Jensen


Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 153mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 3g | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg