How to cook Quinoa

Maybe this is not a problem for you, but I always have to look up how to cook quinoa if I want to cook it as a side to accompany dinner. Here is my favorite recipe.

1 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups water
optional: 1/4 tsp salt

There are two variations in the beginning.

1. Heat a skillet and put the dry quinoa in there. Toss and shake until the quinoa browns a bit and begins to pop.

2. Soak quinoa in water for 5 minutes, then rinse and drain.

Choose which of the two you would like to do. Option number one makes the quinoa taste nuttier and stronger. I think option number two makes the quinoa puff up larger.

After you have prepared your quinoa in one of the two ways, Put the quinoa in the cup and a half of water in a pan and bring to a boil. Then turn down to simmer and cover with a tight fitting lid, and cook for 15 minutes.

At the end of the cook time, fluff with a fork and serve.


Khrista said...

or you could make it in a rice cooker like I do!
I make more than I need and have some in the fridge for later recipes! Easy peasy! :)
We eat so much quinoa I was thrilled to find this method!

Kath said...

It never occurred to me to just serve quinoa as a side by you serve it just plain? That makes it much more approachable! The recipes I have are all delicious, but time consuming preparing and adding all the goodies. Thanks for the tip!

andrafaye said...

I'm easing myself into this. Yummo.

andrafaye said...

I'm easing myself into this. Yummo.

Anonymous said...

My big Q was how much does it make? After searching the net - turns out quinoa makes 4 times cooked as the dry measurement. So 1 cup uncooked grain makes 4 cups cooked. Would you agree with that Bonnie & Khrista?

~ btw Khrista - I think you are my new best friend - I need a GFG to worship ;)