How do you cook quinoa

How do you cook quinoa?

Quinoa is a strange beast. Even though it seems like a grain, it is actually a seed. Unassuming in appearance in its raw form, once cooked you will see a tiny spiral (the germ) that separates and curls around the quinoa seed. It boasts superfood qualities: high in protein, iron, fiber and magnesium. And it goes with everything (quinoa with roasted vegetables, yum!)

How do you cook quinoa

Unwashed quinoa [KEEN-wah] can be a little bitter right out of the bag, so a vigorous rinse with water in a fine mesh strainer before cooking is a good idea. The rinse gets rid of the outer coating (called saponin) and removes any bitter or soapy flavors that might have been on board with the raw seed.

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So how do you cook quinoa? The general rule of thumb on how to cook quinoa is 2 cups water to 1 cup uncooked quinoa. 1 cup uncooked quinoa will usually yield about 3 cups cooked. And what’s so cool is that it is versatile: you don’t have to use water when cooking. Chicken or vegetable stock will add a punch of flavor to the mix. Want to get fancy? Add some rosemary or basil to the cooking pot.

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How do you cook quinoa? It’s simple!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water (or stock)
  • A dash of salt

Steps:

  • Rinse quinoa thoroughly in a fine mesh strainer, rubbing and swishing for about a minute and a half.
  • Drain and place quinoa in a small saucepan
  • Add the liquid and salt and bring to a boil
  • Lower heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes
  • After 15 minutes, remove the pot from the burner and let stand for 5-10 minutes. There shouldn’t be any liquid at the bottom, and it shouldn’t be clumpy
  • Fluff with a fork, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper

For those who wish to cook quinoa in a rice cooker, follow the instructions on your machine – but the same measurements used in the stovetop preparation should do the trick.

*How do you cook quinoa Optional Step: After rinsing, but before adding the water, toast the rinsed quinoa for about a minute in a pan with a little olive oil to add a toasted, nutty flavor element.

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