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How to Cook Quinoa (On Stovetop)

Quinoa is so versatile and on a gluten-free diet, this is a recipe you need to know!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Servings 4


  • 1 cup / 180g uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups / 500ml water or stock


  • Measure out your dry quinoa and rinse in a fine mesh strainer for a couple of minutes to remove the bitter taste of the grain.
  • Heat a dry pan or pot* (either must have a secure lid) on a medium heat.
  • Tip the rinsed quinoa into the pan and lightly toast for two to three minutes to remove so excess moisture and to help bring out its natural nutty aroma.
  • When sufficiently toasted, pour in the water and bring the pan to the boil.
  • When the water is boiling, put the lid on the pan, and turn the heat down low. Don't remove the lid! Leave it for 15-20 minutes until it looks like the water has been completely absorbed by the quinoa.
  • Once the water has been absorbed, take the pan off the heat, remove the lid and stir the quinoa. I like to put the lid back on at this point and leave the pan off the heat for another 10 minutes until the quinoa is nice and fluffy.


Serving size: 1/4 recipe Calories: 160 (made with water) Fat: 2.5g Saturated fat: 0.2g Carbohydrates: 27.2g Sugar: 0g Fibre: 3g Protein: 6g
I have always found it is much easier to cook quinoa in a pan rather than a pot. When I cook it in a pot, it tends to get quite mushy and unevenly cooked.