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How to Cook Perfect Quinoa on the Stove

A recipe for perfect quinoa every time.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time17 mins
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 162kcal
Author: Katie Workman


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water or broth I prefer a diluted or delicate broth
  • Kosher salt to taste


  • Place the quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve and rinse with cold water (unless your quinoa is labeled pre-rinsed).
  • Pour the quinoa into a medium saucepan over medium high heat. You can toast the quinoa for a couple of minutes, stirring occasionally. Or add the broth or water immediately and season with salt. Bring to a simmer, cover the pot, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa grains have sprouted their little tendrils. Remove from the heat.
  • Allow the quinoa to sit, covered, for about 5 minutes, then lift the lid, fluff the quinoa, and serve, or cool. If you want to cool the quinoa, your best bet is to spread it out on a large platter or baking sheet.



Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 432mg | Potassium: 333mg | Fiber: 3g | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg