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How to Cook Fluffy Flavorful Quinoa

Let's learn how to cook perfect quinoa on stovetop in less than 20 minutes! Good news: it's super easy!


  • 2 cups chicken/beef/vegetable broth, Note 1
  • 1 cup quinoa, Note 2
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt


  • In a medium saucepan with a fitted lid, bring broth to a simmer over medium high.
  • Meanwhile, rinse quinoa in a fine mesh sieve under cold water for couple of minutes. (This is essential to remove bitter-tasting natural coating, called saponin.
  • Add rinsed quinoa and salt into simmering water. Give it a quick stir and cover. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10-15, or until broth is fully absorbed and quinoa seeds are translucent and popped open.
  • Fluff with a fork and serve!


Yields: 3 cups cooked quinoa
NOTE 1: You can definitely use water for liquid, but I find using broth yields much more flavorful quinoa.
NOTE 2: You can use any variety of quinoa: white, red, black, or combination of varieties. For pop of color, I like to mix red and white varieties.
TOASTING: If you have a few extra minutes, toast the rinsed quinoa for more flavor. To toast quinoa, heat 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet and add rinsed quinoa. Toast the quinoa, stirring constantly, for a few minutes.
STORING TIP:Store cooled leftover quinoa in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 1 month.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.5cup cooked quinoa, Calories: 108kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 412mg, Potassium: 160mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 167IU, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg
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