Quinoa is probably the most healthy grain on the planet! When compared to other grains it’s king of the crops due to it containing all nine essential amino acids – including the elusive lysine and isoleucine acids, which many other healthy grains lack. Even when stacked up against a healthy grain staple like brown rice, quinoa reigns supreme.
When cooking quinoa, the absolute best tip is to rinse it well. Very well. And then rinse it again!
- After rinsing, transfer quinoa to a heavy-bottomed, medium sized pot. Add twice as much liquid as quinoa (2:1 ratio), a pinch of salt and bring to a boil.
- Cover, reduce heat to a low simmer until nearly all the water is absorbed. Approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
- Turn off the heat with the cover still on and set aside for 5 minutes.
- Fluff with a fork.
Q(uinoa) & A
How much cooked quinoa does 1 cup dry quinoa yield?
1 cup dry quinoa yields about 3 cups cooked quinoa
How much liquid do I need to cook quinoa?
2:1 ratio. For 1 cup of uncooked quinoa, you need approximately 2 cups water (or other liquid).
How long does it take to cook quinoa?
Quinoa will cook in about 15-20 minutes.
How do I make quinoa less bitter?
Most of the bitterness of quinoa is from the outer coating that can be removed with a thorough rinsing in a mesh strainer.
Can I use my rice cooker to make quinoa?
Yes! Using the same 2:1 liquid-to-quinoa ratio, follow the instructions on your rice cooker.