How to cook quinoa perfectly – a three step and speedy method

Learn how to cook quinoa and reveal the magic of this superfood grain

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Quinoa has been the grain of the moment for quite some time now, and it is without a doubt, one of Instagram's favourite superfoods. No matter how you decide to say it out loud, we're going to tell you how to cook quinoa to get the best out of this light and nutritious grain. 

Quinoa is packed with protein and makes a great alternative to rice, couscous and pasta. Plus, it makes a great base for salads, and can even be used to make plant-based burgers, kofta and more.

While we don't buy into the hype surrounding super 'health foods,' there are undoubtedly some benefits to eating quinoa. Not to mention that, if prepared correctly, it's absolutely delicious. Follow our top tips for fluffy, tasty quinoa.

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How to cook quinoa


  • Quinoa, 50g per person
  • Water or stock, 150ml per person


1. Add your quinoa to a bowl and rinse with cold water three or four times to remove any bitterness – this is a vital step which we explain below.  

2. Once rinsed, add 150ml of water, or stock, per 50g of quinoa and cook over a medium heat.

3. Use a lid to cover, bring to the boil and cook for 12 to 15 minutes, or until all the water has been absorbed. Your quinoa should have fluffed up to double in size.

Why does quinoa need to be rinsed?

Washing quinoa removes its natural coating – something called saponin – which can cause quinoa to taste bitter which is pretty nasty. If you've previously found that quinoa can give you stomach cramps, not rinsing it properly could also be the problem, so make sure you follow our method down to a tee.

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