How to Cook Quinoa - Slender Kitchen

How to Cook Quinoa

Quinoa continues to grow in popularity after coming on the scene a few years back. Packed with protein, iron, and fiber, quinoa it is not only healthy, but also has a great delicate nutty flavor that makes it a great substitute for rice, pasta, and other grains. Usually I like to make up a batch on the weekends that I can use for quick meals throughout the week.

How to Cook Quinoa

  1. Measure out your quinoa and liquid. You will want a ratio of 2:1, cooking liquid to quinoa. For example if you plan to cook 1 cup of quinoa, you will need 2 cups of water or broth. Each cup of dry quinoa leads to 3 cups of cooked quinoa.
  2. Rinse the quinoa under cool water for around 2 minutes.
  3. Heat about 1/2 tbsp. of olive oil per cup of quinoa in your pan. Add the rinsed quinoa and cook for 2-3 minutes until lightly toasted. Add the liquid (water or broth) and 1/4 tsp. salt for every cup of dry quinoa.
  4. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a very low simmer. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and let rest for 5 minutes. Fluff and serve.
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