How to Cook Quinoa

In only 15 minutes, you can be adding healthful, nutrient-packed cooked quinoa to any dish. Let us show you how to cook quinoa for the best flavor and perfect doneness.

-Unlike brown rice and other nutrient-packed grains, you can enjoy healthful quinoa which is actually a seed in about 15 minutes. Here's how to cook quinoa. The first step is always to rinse the quinoa. This ensures any bitter outer coating is washed down the drain. Next, using a 2:1 water-to-quinoa ratio, add the quinoa to a saucepan. Here, I'm using two cups of water to one cup of quinoa. Bring this mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Leave the quinoa alone, letting it simmer for 15 minutes. Now, hopefully, you have clear lids for your saucepans because the way you know for sure that the quinoa is done is when it looks like it is popped open. Yup, just like popcorn. Fluff the cooked quinoa with a fork and it's ready to add to any recipe.