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: 176kcal
Author: The Home Cook's Kitchen
A really simple way of cooking quinoa!
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  • 1/2 cup raw quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp olive oil


  • 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
  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan until hot (not too hot!)
  • Add the quinoa to the olive oil and cook for about 1 minute just until dried off.
  • Add the water and stir.
  • Bring to the boil.
  • 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.
  • Leave to stand for 5 minutes covered.
  • Fluff, and serve when ready.


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


Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 2% | Iron: 10.8%
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