How to Cook Quinoa

Everyone should know how to cook quinoa, and here's why. You can't go hungry with a pot of simply cooked quinoa in the fridge. Quinoa is incredibly versatile. Use it in these muffin-tin frittatas, in these spinach, fava bean, and quinoa cakes, Serve it with some chopped vegetables in a salad, warm with tomato sauce, or anything in between.


Quinoa acts like a grain in the culinary world, but it's actually a seed. It's both gluten-free and packed with protein.

How to Cook Quinoa

This recipe makes about three cups of cooked quinoa (three times as much quinoa as you'll need for the frittatas), but simply cooked quinoa is incredibly versatile. Serve the rest with some chopped vegetables in a salad, warm with tomato sauce, or anything in between.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Serves 6



  1. Rinse the quinoa very well in a fine mesh sieve under running water.
  2. Place quinoa in a small pot along with water or stock and salt.
  3. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, until liquid is almost completely absorbed.
  4. Remove from heat and leave covered for 10 minutes more. Stir or fluff with a fork.
  5. Quinoa is ready to eat as-is or use in a recipe.

Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving:

Calories:: 104 Total Fat:: 1.7g Carbohydrates:: 18.2g Fiber:: 2g Protein:: 4g