How to cook quinoa on the stovetop and all my tips/tricks to make it light, fluffy, and flavorful every single time!
Course Side Dish
Keyword how to cook quinoa
Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 15minutes
Rest Time 5minutes
Total Time 20minutes
Servings 3cups cooked quinoa
1teaspoonof your favorite spice or spice blend,Note 1
1 and 3/4cupwater, vegetable or chicken stock/broth
Kosher salt and pepper (I use 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper)
Measure out one level cup of quinoa. Pour the cup of quinoa into a fine-mesh strainer and rinse for 30 seconds to one minute.
If you have the extra time/patience, you can soak your cup of quinoa in water for a couple of minutes before rinsing to really ensure that outer coating is gone.
In a small pot, add in 1 tablespoon oil and once the oil is shimmering, add in 1 teaspoon of a spice or spice blend mix. Stir for about 30 seconds and then add in the rinsed and dried quinoa. Toast the quinoa by stirring it frequently over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
Add 1 and 3/4 cup water, vegetable or chicken stock, or broth and then bring the quinoa to a boil. I also like to add some salt and pepper at this point (just a pinch of each if I'm using a stock and 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of each if I'm using water; add to your preference). As soon as the quinoa is boiling, cover the pot, and lower it to your lowest heat setting. Let cook for 15-20 minutes (depending on the actual heat of your stove).
Remove the pot from the stove and, while keeping the lid on, let it stand off the heat for 5 minutes. Remove the lid, fluff with a fork, and enjoy. If adding to a salad, let cool completely first.
Note 1: Seasoning blend: We like lemon pepper seasoning, turmeric, half chili powder/half paprika, Tuscan seasoning blend, etc.