How to Cook Quinoa

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  • 1 cup quinoa, any variety
  • Warm water (for rinsing)
  • 2 cups water or stock (for cooking)
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt, optional


Place quinoa in a medium saucepan. Fill saucepan 3/4 full with warm water. Using your hands, swirl the quinoa around in the warm water for about a minute.
Carefully pour out all of the water without spilling the quinoa (skip this step if your quinoa is pre-rinsed).
Add the 2 cups water or stock and the salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 11-13 minutes until nearly all of the water has been absorbed. Turn off heat and let sit, covered, for five minutes.
Serve warm as a side dish like a pilaf; as an alternative to hot breakfast cereal; as a stuffing; add to soups and stir-frys; or cool, then add veggies and a dressing to make a cold salad

Quinoa (pronounced 'keen-wah"), is often referred to as a grain but is actually a seed. It is highly nutritious and valued for being a complete protein providing all of the essential amino acids and many important vitamins and minerals. It has a nutty flavor that is versatile and delicious! You can substitute quinoa for rice in many recipes – and in fact, it can be cooked in a rice cooker just like rice.
Recipe from Central Market Shoreline - Culinary Resource Center
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