How to cook perfect quinoa

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

I made Quinoa a few weeks ago and several times since, I must say I fell in love with how good it is and how easy it is to cook.  This usually makes enough for one family meal leaving some for leftovers for lunch the next day (adding in a few steamed vegetables).  I’ll share some of my quinoa recipes with you soon.

how to cook perfect quinoa


How to cook perfect quinoa

  • Author: Katrina
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: [url href=""]Rice & Pasta[/url], [url href=""]Sides[/url]


  • 2 cups uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Place all ingredients into a medium saucepan
  2. Bring to the boil over high heat
  3. Cover, reduce temperature to low heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until quinoa is cooked
  4. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork


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Rachelle September 22, 2014 - 6:48 AM

I was told that you have to scrub/wash the grains first as the coating on the grains is bad for you. A soapy stuff washes off. It also affects the taste if you don’t wash the grains. I put my grains in a flour swine under a running tap and give them a good massage with my hand, then pretty much follow what you do.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 22, 2014 - 3:40 PM

great tip thank you Rachelle!

Sandy April 20, 2016 - 7:10 PM

AKAIK yo’uve got the answer in one!

Leanne September 26, 2014 - 3:01 PM

I cook mine in my rice cooker and it turns out beautifully every time. Also a good way to cook buckwheat and other grain type things, just put them in the r/cooker and forget about it till it’s done.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 1, 2014 - 8:57 AM

Great tip, I have a rice cooker, should try it!

Sarah September 27, 2014 - 9:36 AM

Some Quinoa is prewashed, check the pack it should tell you. If in doubt wash anyway until the water runs clear.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 1, 2014 - 8:56 AM

Ooh there you go I didn’t know that Sarah, I have washed mine all the time.

Rachel Keyte July 13, 2015 - 8:20 AM

I’ve found my favourite way is in the pressure cooker. Every time I try on the stove top it turns out like porridge – clearly I keep missing that magic moment before that happens lol.


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