How to Cook Quinoa

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
3 cups

We love this diminutive grain for its gentle nutty flavor, speedy preparation time, and exceptional nutritional profile. Whether you choose white, red, black, or a rainbow blend, our basic recipe turns out perfectly cooked quinoa every time.


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained several times

  • Pinch of kosher salt


  1. Combine quinoa, 1 1/2 cups water, and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook over low heat until tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Use immediately, or spread on a rimmed baking sheet to let cool.

    cooked quinoa
    Bryan Gardner

Cook's Notes

You can also toast the drained quinoa in a dry saucepan until it starts to pop and smell nutty, before adding the water and salt.

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