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Basic Quinoa Recipe

  • Author: Sharon Chen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Method: Stove


Units Scale
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa (any variety —white or golden, red, or black quinoa)
  • 1 3/4 cups water or low-sodium broth (I prefer to use bone broth.)


  1. Rinse quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer thoroughy under cool, running water. Rub and swish the quinoa with your hand while rinsing. Drain well.
  2. Transfer rinsed Quinoa to a small saucepan. Stir in the water or bone broth and bring to a rolling boil. 
  3. Turn the heat down to low. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the saucepan from heat and let stand for 5 more minutes, covered.
  5. Uncover, Fluff the quiona gently with a fork. If any liquid remains in the bottom of the pan or if the quinoa is still a bit crunchy to your liking, return the pan to low heat and cook, covered, for another 5 minutes, until all the liquid has been absorbed.