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Overhead view of cooked quinoa in a saucepan with fresh herbs, salt and pepper

How to Cook Quinoa (Stovetop + Energy Saving Directions)

  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings (about 3 cups cooked quinoa) 1x


How to Cook Quinoa – These easy stovetop directions for cooking quinoa make it easy to cook perfect, fluffy quinoa every time! 


  • 1c quinoa, dry (rinsed)
  • 2c water
  • pinch salt (optional)


Energy Saver Instructions:

  1. Add quinoa, water, and salt to a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Boil vigorously for 5 minutes (uncovered), then turn off the heat, cover the pan, and allow to stand (covered) for 15 minutes.
  3. Fluff with a fork.

Traditional Stovetop Instructions:

  1. Add quinoa, water, and salt to a saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Reduce the heat to LOW and cook an additional 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand (covered) for 5 more minutes.
  4. Fluff with a fork.

Cooked quinoa will keep about 1 week in the refrigerator.

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Side dish, grains
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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