Quinoa is an incredibly versatile and nutritious psuedograin. For that reason it’s one of our most used pantry-staples. This fail-proof, stovetop method is our go-to way of cooking quinoa  and results in the most tender, delicious, quinoa. 

Prep: 5 minutesCook: 15Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings 1x


  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups water (or 1 cup water + 1 cup broth of choice) 


  1. Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer, if the quinoa is pre-rinsed, you can skip this step.
  2. Over medium-high heat, add the quinoa and water to a saucepan. Stir together. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to simmer. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and let sit covered for 5 minutes. Then stir with a spoon, fork, or spatula and serve.
  4. Store leftover cooked quinoa in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup dry (~3/4 cup cooked) made with water
  • Calories: 170
  • Fat: 2.5g
  • (Sat Fat: 0g)
  • Sodium: 0mg
  • Carbohydrate: 29g
  • (Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 0g)
  • Protein: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 0g


© The Real Food Dietitians
Recipe By: Stacie Hassing