Learn how to cook quinoa perfectly every time. The quinoa comes out fluffy and not at all mushy. Ready for use in other dishes or as a side dish to your dinner.
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What is Quinoa?
Quinoa acts like a grain, but it is actually a type of seed that is very nutritious. The origins of quinoa are in South America where it has been grown for thousands of years, but it became well-known worldwide in the last few years. Check out this articles from healthline.com for more in-depth information on quinoa if you are interested: What is Quinoa? One of The World’s Healthiest Foods.
Types of Quinoa
According to some websites I read, there are thousands of types of quinoa, but the most well-know, and widely grown are are red, white, and black. I see this reflected in the quinoa I buy. Usually I get mine at Aldi where they have a pretty good selection of organic items. You can see here a package that already has the 3 types mixed in and a package that only has white.
How to cook Quinoa
It’s so easy to cook quinoa. The general ratio of quinoa to water is 1 cup quinoa to 1.5 cups water. Using a measuring cup (mine are like these), measure out one cup of quinoa and wash it. I usually do this using a sieve and a bowl, which, I find, is the easiest way to wash such small seeds. Change out the water 2-3 times or until it is mostly clear.
Add the quinoa to a small sauce pan (I have this set). Then add 1 1/2 cups water and the salt. Bring everything to a boil.
Once the water is boiling, reduce heat to lowest setting, cover the quinoa with a lid and cook for 10 minutes. Take off the heat once the quinoa is cooked and let it rest for at least 5 minutes. Fluff it up with a fork and serve. Or let it cool and use in other dishes.
How to Cook Quinoa
- 1 cup Quinoa
- 1 ½ cups Water
- Pinch of salt
- Wash quinoa and put into a small sauce pan.
- Add 1 ½ cups water to the quinoa and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil.
- As soon as quinoa boils, reduce heat to lowest setting, cover with a lid, and cook for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let rest at least 5 minutes. Serve.
Check out my post about cooking rice for another easy, perfect side dish recipe.