{video} How To Cook Quinoa

How to Cook Quinoa | The Gluten Free Vegan

One of my most favorite things to cook and use in a wide variety of recipes is quinoa. In most of my recipes I include instructions how to cook the quinoa but I figured a quick video might do the trick and a visual is always nice.

So here’s a barely-edited video of me (well, my hands mostly) and a pot on the stove. Enjoy!

If you don’t feel like watching the barely-over-30-seconds video here are some quick steps.

1. Bring 2 cups of water (or vegetable broth) to a boil over high heat.
2. Reduce heat to a simmer (medium-low) and add 1 cup pre-washed quinoa. Stir.
3. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes until the liquid is absorbed.
4. Remove from heat and let sit covered for an additional 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

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4 Responses to “{video} How To Cook Quinoa”

  1. Rica
    October 15, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    It cooks similar to rice. I used to make mine in the rice cooker until the rice cooker went belly up. The first time I tried quinoa was in a curried quinoa and that was very tasty. Love your site, and I have printed out a lot of recipes, as I have to cut dairy, eggs, soy among other things in order to heal a leaky gut. I also have a very dry palate, so I love the vegan meat substitutes. They are easier for me to digest than the real stuff.

  2. Alda
    October 16, 2013 at 5:01 am #

    Hi Megan, just come across you blog today and I’m already loving it :)
    About this video, do we need to pre-wash the quinoa if it’s organic? I’m asking this because the grain is very small and I lose a lot in the process of washing. Any suggestions for washing process?

    • October 16, 2013 at 11:47 am #

      Hi Alda! Thanks for stopping by. The organic quinoa I buy comes pre-washed. I don’t need to wash it. Most of the quinoa I can find locally seems to be pre-washed too. If your quinoa needs to be rinsed (because of a slightly sticky bitter saponin coating) then I’d suggest rinsing with a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth or paper towel. You can put the quinoa in a bowl of water and swirl it around a bit to rinse it, then strain it off through the sieve/cheesecloth.


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