How To Make The Perfect Quinoa

September 13, 2012

Want to know how to make the perfect quinoa? It’s really quite simple. But first, let’s talk a little bit about quinoa itself.  It’s an amazing little grain, or to be more accurate, seed.

Here are just a few of quinoa’s most redeeming qualities:

-It’s considered a complete protein, which is great for vegans and vegetarians looking to get their essential amino acids.

-It has heart healthy monounsaturated fats.

-It’s gluten-free, which of course makes it very popular in our household.

-It’s flavor is so mild that you can mix it with just about anything.

– Oh, and it’s really easy to make and cheap, especially if you buy in the bulk bins!

How to Make The Perfect Quinoa

  1. Measure out 1 cup of quinoa.  Place in tight sieve and rinse.  This removes any dust, dirt or bitterness left on the seeds, don’t skip this step.
  2. Place quinoa in a pot.  Cover with 2 cups of water and a few pinches of salt.  2:1 water to quinoa, same ratio as when you’re making rice.
  3. Bring to a boil.  Once quinoa comes to a boil, stir and reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes uncovered.
  4. Then cover the pot and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  5. After the 10 minutes, turn off the stove.
  6. Let the quinoa sit, covered for 5 mins.  Then fluff and enjoy with any number of mix-ins.

how to make the perfect quinoa

The best thing about quinoa is its easily paired with all kinds of flavors. I personally love southwestern flavors so I often mix in black beans, corn, avocado and a chili lime dressing.  But it’s equally as delicious with basil, tomatoes and fresh feta or mozzarella.

Unfortunately I have none of the above mentioned ingredients in the house (blogger fail) so the basic quinoa prep is all you’ll get for today.  Tomorrow, I’ll go to the grocery store and will share a full recipe.

You Might Also Like

23 Comments

  • Reply Tamara September 13, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Just discovered (or attempted to make) quinoa this past week. It’s been on my list of foods to tackle for awhile and I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was. I look forward to more recipes. Loves!

  • Reply Food & Fitness = Happiness! September 13, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I love Quinoa, but how do you get it so you don’t have rock-like pieces in it? I’ve tried rinsing it really really well, but that didn’t seem to help :/

    • Reply Lisa Horvath September 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      Do you mean once it’s cooked there are little rock hard individual pieces or the quinoa itself is clumping together? If it’s the former, try running your hand through it while your rinsing to find any rough pieces. Also, pick through and discard any dark colored pieces. If you mean the latter, try stirring the quinoa after it comes to a boil and periodically while it’s simmering, that will keep it from clumping. Hope that helps.

  • Reply Marisa September 13, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks for the recipe Lisa. I’m gonna give it a try and see if my picky kids will eat it too. I am always looking for a way to get more protein into their diets! Hope you are enjoying Boston, I’ve always wanted to live there. =)

    • Reply Lisa Horvath September 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      I took a quinoa dish to a dinner last weekend and our friends’ 2 year old ate it, so hopefully yours will too.

  • Reply Jamie F. September 13, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    My wife makes me Quinoa once and a while, and as a MEAT EATER/CARNIVORE/MEGAN, I have to admit that its really good. You can dress it up, its more filling than rice, and its good as a side OR a main dish. It goes great with chicken too. Great post!

  • Reply Southwestern Quinoa Salad | quinoa, kale & exhale September 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    […] Post navigation ← Let’s talk about quinoa […]

  • Reply Kim September 17, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    So you’re a lot like quinoa? I always pictured you more as a bright red backpack. 🙂 I am so excited for your blog! I will be simply lousy at following it, but I love yoga, quinoa, your writing and your new recipes! Wish I could take a class from you. Good luck in Boston!

    • Reply Lisa Horvath September 18, 2012 at 8:13 am

      Haha. Well I am a lot like a bright red backpack still 🙂 Thanks for reading Kimo Sharghi!

  • Reply Chickpea, Curry, Coconut, Quinoa Soup | quinoa, kale & exhale October 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    […] 2 cups cooked quinoa […]

  • Reply Sweet Breakfast: Apple Cinnamon Quinoa | quinoa, kale & exhale October 10, 2012 at 10:48 am

    […] 3/4 cup cooked quinoa […]

  • Reply Chicago, Family and Breakfast Pumpkin Quinoa | quinoa, kale & exhale October 23, 2012 at 11:03 am

    […] quinoa according to package directions or use my perfect quinoa […]

  • Reply Healthy Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies | quinoa, kale & exhale December 4, 2012 at 11:26 am

    […] 1/2 cup cooked quinoa (here’s how I make mine) […]

  • Reply Christmas Colored Quinoa | quinoa, kale & exhale December 20, 2012 at 11:22 am

    […] Cook quinoa according to these directions. […]

  • Reply Quinoa Cookie Remix | quinoa, kale & exhale January 17, 2013 at 11:09 am

    […] 3/4 cup cooked quinoa (using this cooking method) […]

  • Reply Quinoa Smoothies? | quinoa, kale & exhale January 29, 2013 at 11:13 am

    […] 1/3 cup cooked quinoa, using these cooking directions […]

  • Reply Peanut Butter and Jelly Quinoa | quinoa, kale & exhale March 7, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    […] Cook quinoa according to these directions. […]

  • Reply Kiwi, Yoga and Vegan Sources of Protein | quinoa, kale & exhale March 30, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    […] of protein. I highlighted some of my favorite sources including beans, tofu, lentils and of course, quinoa! I always knew that I could get my protein from a plant-based diet but researching for this article […]

  • Reply Virtual Vegan Potluck: Three Herb Quinoa Salad | quinoa, kale & exhale May 12, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    […] 2 cups cooked quinoa, if you need a tutorial on how to cook the perfect quinoa you can find it here. […]

  • Reply Quinoa, Kale: Back to Basics | quinoa, kale & exhale June 20, 2013 at 8:56 am

    […] In the meantime, rinse quinoa under cold water. Cook according to these instructions. […]

  • Reply Southwestern Quinoa and Lentils | quinoa, kale & exhale June 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    […] quinoa according to these instructions and lentils according to […]

  • Reply Spring Quinoa Salad - Makings Of May 9, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    […] Cook quinoa according to these directions. […]

  • Reply Southwestern Quinoa and Lentils - Makings Of June 1, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    […] quinoa according to these instructions and lentils according to […]

  • Leave a Reply

    Share