How to cook quinoa

Easy Quinoa

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Western
Keyword: Quinoa, Side Dish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 176 kcal
Author: The Home Cook's Kitchen
A really simple way of cooking quinoa!


  • 1/2 cup raw quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp olive oil


  1. Pour raw quinoa into a sieve, and rinse thoroughly for about 2-3 minutes until all the quinoa is wet and rinsed. Set aside to drain
  2. Heat olive oil in a saucepan until hot (not too hot!)
  3. Add the quinoa to the olive oil and cook for about 1 minute just until dried off.
  4. Add the water and stir.
  5. Bring to the boil.
  6. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15-20 minutes until water is absorbed and quinoa is cooked. The quinoa looks like tiny little spirals when ready.
  7. Leave to stand for 5 minutes covered.
  8. Fluff, and serve when ready.

Recipe Notes

If the quinoa is still not cooked after 15-20 minutes, bring back to low heat until all water is absorbed.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Quinoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 176 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Sodium 8mg 0%
Potassium 239mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 6g 12%
Calcium 2%
Iron 10.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.