A stone bowl filled with cooked quinoa, wooden spoon in quinoa

How to Cook Quinoa (The Easy Way)

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
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