This recipe for spicy lemon quinoa is an ideal accompaniment tosteamed halibut.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place quinoa in a fine mesh sieve. Rinse under cold water until water runs clear. Transfer to a medium saucepan, add 1 teaspoon salt and 2 1/4 cups water. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce to a simmer. Cook until water is completely absorbed, 18 to 20 minutes.

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  • Transfer quinoa to a medium bowl along with pine nuts, lemon zest, parsley, cumin, cayenne; drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper; toss until well combined. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Reviews (8)

36 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
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01/25/2011
I made this recipe this evening with a couple of changes and loved it. One cup of quinoa cooked in two cups of chicken broth (about 14 mins) let stand for 15 minutes. I omitted the pine nuts. Will make again, good accompaniment to fish
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07/19/2009
Follow the proportions in the recipe from Martha, unless you want it to be the consistency of mush!
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01/14/2009
Because of the controversy over the amount of water necessary for the recipe, I cooked the quinoa according to the instructions found at epicurious.com in their lemon quinoa recipe. This method produced a VERY fluffy result which was delightful. Beyond the cooking method for the quinoa, I followed the MSL recipe exactly and it was utterly delicious! What a great combination of flavors. I will be making this again and again.
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01/09/2009
Wrong proportions for the quinoa.
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07/30/2008
My guess is the recipe is referring to 2 cups cooked quinoa - that would be 1 c dry to 2-21/4 c water when cooking. 4 c cooked quinoa seems like way too much for the other ingredients in the recipe.
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06/10/2008
I just made this - but I increased the water to 4 cups, as 2 1/4 cups didn't seem like enough. I looked at several other recipes for quinoa, and they all had a two to one ratio of water to quinoa. Even the directions on my package said one cup quinoa to 2 cups water. Anyone have a problem with just the 2 /14 cups of water? Its delicious, by the way! taking it to a potluck dinner tonight.
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03/08/2008
This is a lovely, flavorful side dish with just a bit of a crunch. It went great with the Roast Maple-Glazed Salmon at epicurious.com. Topped off with some sautn n n n ed asparagus, it made a delicious, eye-pleasing meal.
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02/13/2008
This was so easy and delicious. I served it as a room temperature salad similar to couscous and everyone loved it. It's a wonderful simple supper or dish for sharing/entertaining.