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How to make perfect quinoa - a step by step, picture tutorial for fluffy, delicious quinoa. Make a batch and eat healthy all week long!
How to Make Perfect Quinoa
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

A never fail technique for making perfect fluffy quinoa!

Course: Side
Servings: 12 ½ cup servings
Calories: 104 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • 2 cups quinoa uncooked
  • 3 cups water low sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt.
  1. Gather your ingredients and equipment: quinoa, sea salt, water, chicken or vegetable broth (optional), a medium size bowl, a fine strainer, a spoon or spatula for stirring and a medium size pot.
  2. Fill a medium size bowl about half way full of fresh water. Add the quinoa and stir or swish with your hand for about 30 seconds.

  3. Drain quinoa and allow to sit in strainer for 10 minutes. Stir the quinoa in the strainer several times while it's draining remove as much water as possible.
  4. While quinoa is draining, place 3 cups of water, or chicken (or vegetable) broth in a microwave-safe bowl or cup. Cook on high power for 3-4 minutes or until mixture is very hot and starting to boil.
  5. Heat a medium size pot over medium heat. Add drained quinoa and cook, stirring constantly until all liquid is evaporated and you begin to smell a nutty aroma, about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add hot water/broth and bring to a boil. Cover, leaving lid slightly vented to allow steam to escape. Reduce heat to low (maintain just a slight simmer) and cook for 14-16 minutes or until all liquid has been absorbed.
  7. Uncover and allow to sit for 10 minutes, then gently fluff with a fork for 1 minute before serving. If making ahead, allow to cool completely then fluff with a fork one more time. Store in the refrigerator in a tightly covered container.
Recipe Notes

Quinoa is available at most larger groceries, Whole Foods (in the bulk section), Trader Jo's and online

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Perfect Quinoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 104 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 101mg4%
Potassium 159mg5%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.