A Guide on How to Cook Quinoa, several delicious recipes and many tips for cooking perfect quinoa. It’s so easy to do, you’ll be done in 15 minutes!
Happy Saturday! If you keep up with my blog you know that I’m a quinoa fanatic. Ever since learning the best way to cook it I have made Mr. Jessiker Bakes and my family super fans of this magical seed too. I have however, received many questions from readers as to how to cook their quinoa properly and complaints that theirs were too dry, or too wet, bitter or undercooked. I have put together this post as a more in-depth look on how you too can become a fan of quinoa and know how to cook quinoa. First, some basics on the questions I receive about quinoa.
What exactly is quinoa?
IN short, Quinoa pronounced KEEN-wah is a seed that has been around for at least 5,000 years and originated from the Andean region of Ecuador, Bolivia, Columbia and Peru. I look to think of it like couscous in texture or even oats in the way it absorbs the liquid it is being cooked in.
Quinoa seeds are actually really really good for you. They contain essential amino acids like lysine and great amounts of calcium, iron and phosphorus. Quinoa is also high in protein AND is gluten free!
What quantity of quinoa should I cook at a time?
1 cup of uncooked dry quinoa seeds produces 3 cups of cooked, fluffy quinoa. I wouldn’t recommend doubling this, as I did once, because the quinoa got very soggy and took forever to cook. It’s best to do it in batches. 3 cups of cooked quinoa gets you a long way!
Quinoa is very versatile and can literally be used in every meal of the day; breakfast, lunch, dinner, in casseroles, in desserts, in salads…the possibilities are endless. I will be sharing a few quinoa recipes from my blog and around the web that are particularly great for quinoa. All other tips are in the recipe itself so that when you are cooking it you should save the recipe!
How To Cook Quinoa
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 2 cups broth OR water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Wash the quinoa in a mesh strainer rigorously with water for about 2 minutes. You will see a slightly milky-coloured water coming from the quinoa which is the saponin you are washing off. Shake the excess water out of the mesh
- In a pan over medium high heat, add 2 teaspoons olive oil. You're now going to dry the quinoa by adding it to the pan and letting it heat up for about 2 minutes. There should be a slightly sizzling while the water is drying off.
- This toasting process adds a delicious slightly nutty flavour to the quinoa.
- Add the broth/water to the pan and the salt.
- You can add in extra flavours from if you want - garlic powder, onion powder etc.
- Stir,and bring to a boil.
- Lower to medium heat and cover, cooking for 15 minutes. Stir once every 5 minutes to ensure all the quinoa is being thoroughly cooked and so none of the quinoa stays on the bottom long enough to be burned.
- You don't want to cook quinoa for any less time than this else you will get mushy quinoa, and don't stir it too often. Just allow it to cook.
- When all of the water has been absorbed, the quinoa is finishing cooking. Your quinoa should look fluffy and the seeds should be puffed up.
- Remove the quinoa from the heat, and use your fork to fluff the quinoa a bit. This process helps to lighten the quinoa and releases some extra flavour. I like to leave the quinoa in the pot for about 5-10 minutes since the residual heat of the pot but not on the heat of the stove takes out any excess liquid and cool it down a bit.
- Serve the quinoa and try some delicious quinoa recipes!
Sometimes red quinoa takes longer than 15 minutes to cook! If it's not fully cooked after 15 minutes (meaning most of the seeds aren't fluffy) Just watch it, and continue to stir for an extra 5-10 minutes until fully cooked.
Savoury Quinoa Recipes
Buffalo Quinoa Chicken Bites with Homemade Healthy Blue Cheese Dressing by Jessica in the Kitchen
Eggplant Rollatini Quinoa Casserole by Cookie Monster Cooking
Tandoori Cauliflower with Indian-Spiced Quinoa by Oh My Veggies
Pineapple Cashew Quinoa ‘Fried Rice” by Blahnik Baker
Whole Food’s California Quinoa Salad by Damn Delicious
Sweet Quinoa Recipes
Cinnamon Apple Maple Quinoa by Jessica in the Kitchen
Quinoa-Chia Freezer Bars by The Colorful Kitchen
Pumpkin Quinoa Breakfast Cookies by Cooking Quinoa
Quinoa Protein Power Waffles by A Bakers Wife
Coconut Quinoa Granola Bars by My Sequined Life
Coconut Macaroon Waffle with Chocolate Coffee Syrup, For One by Veggie and The Beast
Chocolate Quinoa Cream Cake by A Bakers Wife
Quinoa Greek Yogurt Pancakes by Making Thyme For Health