Quintessential Quinoa

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!

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. Cover, reduce heat to a low simmer until nearly all the water is absorbed. Approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat with the cover still on and set aside for 5 minutes.
  4. 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.