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white spoon with a bite of quinoa cooked in the rice cooker
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How to Cook Quinoa in a Rice Cooker

How to cook quinoa in a rice cooker- this trick makes cooking quinoa hands off and even easier! No more worrying about your water boiling over, and perfect fluffy quinoa every time.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time33 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 158kcal


  • 1 spritz oil (optional)
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water see note 1
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Spray the rice cooker insert lightly with oil (optional but I find it helps keep the quinoa nice and fluffy all the way through).
    rice cooker insert sprayed with oil
  • Rinse quinoa under the tap for 20 seconds in a fine mesh sieve. Shake off excess water and add to the pot.
    sprinkling salt into quinoa in rice cooker
  • Add a pinch of salt, then 2 cups of water.
    pouring water over quinoa in rice cooker
  • Cook rice using the 'white rice' function (if your rice cooker has that option; otherwise just press cook). After cooking, fluff it up and enjoy!
    quinoa fluffed up after cooking in the rice cooker


1- for added flavor, swap the water for vegetable or chicken stock
2- quinoa triples in size as it cooks, so 1 cup of uncooked quinoa should yield 3 cups of cooked quinoa
Cooked quinoa should be stored in the fridge within 2 hours of cooking.
Store in an air tight container for up to 4 days, or freeze in a freezer bag or meal prep container for up to 3 months.
Adding flavor
Consider swapping the water for chicken stock, or using the spice ratios in these 7 rice recipes


Serving: 1/4 batch | Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 0g | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1.9mg