Browse this extensive list of quinoa recipes to find your next favorite dinner! Learn how to make quinoa with our tried and true method for perfect fluffy quinoa.
How To Cook Quinoa was originally published April 20, 2011
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How to make best fluffy quinoa
If you're looking for a fool proof way to cook quinoa, we have it!
The stovetop method takes about 25 minutes from start to finish. The steps are pretty easy: rinse it, cook it. Voila! Perfectly cooked quinoa, every time.
I cook my quinoa in my favorite glass lidded pot, so I can keep an eye on it. If you follow this stovetop quinoa cooking method, you shouldn't have to watch it closely, but even the slightest difference in temperature might bring a different outcome - quinoa that is not completely cooked through, or quinoa that burns on the bottom.
How to cook quinoa:
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 ½ cups liquid (broth or water)
- pinch salt
- Rinse the quinoa to remove the glycoside residue (quinoa is a seed), reducing the bitter taste. I run the water for a minute or two, flipping the colander to rinse evenly.
- In medium size pot over high heat, bring the rinsed quinoa, liquid and salt to a rolling boil.
- Reduce to a very low simmer, cover with a lid and leave it alone for at least 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat, fluff with fork, serve.
Benefits of Quinoa
Quinoa, a whole grain food, is a protein powerhouse making it an awesome ingredient for the vegan diet.
Quinoa is classified as a complete protein, which means it contains all nine essential amino acids. It's also a great source of fiber, iron, magnesium and manganese.
With a nutty flavor and fluffy, chewy texture, quinoa a wonderful alternative to rice, couscous or any grain. It's versatile, too; you can serve it warm or cold, combine it with other food to make it a main entrée or keep it simple as a side dish.
How to store quinoa
Dry / uncooked quinoa has about a year shelf life, if kept sealed in an airtight container in a cool place. We keep our quinoa fresh in an Airscape container in our pantry.
Do you need to refrigerate cooked quinoa?
Cooked quinoa will keep in the refrigerator for about a week. We store cooked quinoa in a glass container with a sealing lid. These make great food prep containers as well.
The Best Vegan Quinoa Recipes
From salads to stews and from savory to sweet, browse this collection of awesome vegan quinoa recipes that will inspire you to make delicious creations using this super-grain.
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