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Making perfect fluffy quinoa at home is quick and a lot easier than you think! Learn how to cook quinoa perfectly every time using our simple recipe. | aheadofthyme.com

How to Cook Quinoa


  • Author: Sam Hu | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 26 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Making the perfect fluffy quinoa at home is quick and a lot easier to make than you think! Learn how to cook quinoa perfectly every time using our simple recipe including tons of tips and tricks, variations, and answers to frequently asked questions.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a large fine-mesh colander, rinse the quinoa thoroughly under cold running water for 1 minute (this helps to remove the bitter taste in quinoa). Drain well. 
  2. In a medium cooking pot, add the rinsed and drained quinoa, water, and olive oil. Bring to boil over medium heat, about 5 minutes.
  3. Cover with the lid and reduce the heat to low. Let the quinoa simmer for 15 minutes until tender and the water is absorbed.
  4. Remove from heat and allow the cooked quinoa rest for another 5 minutes. (You will notice that the grains have popped open).
  5. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Notes

How to cook in an Instant Pot (pressure cooker): You can also make this quinoa in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker for a more hands-off approach. Add your ingredients to a pressure cooker on high pressure for 3 minutes, and then allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork as normal and serve!

How to store: Once the cooked quinoa has cooled completely to room temperature, transfer it to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to five days.

How to freeze: Transfer leftover quinoa into an airtight, freezer-safe container or freezer bag. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. I recommend labelling the container with the date for easy reference.

  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Rest Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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