{video} How To Cook Quinoa

How to Cook Quinoa | The Gluten Free Vegan

One of my most favorite things to cook and use in a wide variety of recipes is quinoa. In most of my recipes I include instructions how to cook the quinoa but I figured a quick video might do the trick and a visual is always nice.

So here’s a barely-edited video of me (well, my hands mostly) and a pot on the stove. Enjoy!

If you don’t feel like watching the barely-over-30-seconds video here are some quick steps.

1. Bring 2 cups of water (or vegetable broth) to a boil over high heat.
2. Reduce heat to a simmer (medium-low) and add 1 cup pre-washed quinoa. Stir.
3. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes until the liquid is absorbed.
4. Remove from heat and let sit covered for an additional 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.


  1. Rica says

    It cooks similar to rice. I used to make mine in the rice cooker until the rice cooker went belly up. The first time I tried quinoa was in a curried quinoa and that was very tasty. Love your site, and I have printed out a lot of recipes, as I have to cut dairy, eggs, soy among other things in order to heal a leaky gut. I also have a very dry palate, so I love the vegan meat substitutes. They are easier for me to digest than the real stuff.

  2. Alda says

    Hi Megan, just come across you blog today and I’m already loving it :)
    About this video, do we need to pre-wash the quinoa if it’s organic? I’m asking this because the grain is very small and I lose a lot in the process of washing. Any suggestions for washing process?

    • says

      Hi Alda! Thanks for stopping by. The organic quinoa I buy comes pre-washed. I don’t need to wash it. Most of the quinoa I can find locally seems to be pre-washed too. If your quinoa needs to be rinsed (because of a slightly sticky bitter saponin coating) then I’d suggest rinsing with a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth or paper towel. You can put the quinoa in a bowl of water and swirl it around a bit to rinse it, then strain it off through the sieve/cheesecloth.

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