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How to Cook Quinoa (step by step photos)

This post shows you how to cook quinoa with step by step photos. This method yields perfect and fluffy results each and every time using three important steps.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting Time10 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Meal Prep
Servings: 4
Calories: 199kcal


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)


  • Rinse quinoa in a colander under the tap for 1 minute.
  • Add rinsed quinoa to a pot with 2 cups of chicken or vegetable stock and salt.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove pot to a cool burner and allow quinoa to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Fluff quinoa with a fork and serve.


Serving: 0.25batch | Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 319mg | Potassium: 365mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2.2mg