Basic Quinoa Recipe

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Justin Published: December 3, 2020 Modified: June 1, 2021
Basic Quinoa Recipe

How To Make Basic Quinoa

This quinoa recipe teaches you to make the best, most basic way to prepare this healthy grain. All you need are three ingredients and 20 minutes.

Preparation: 2 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 22 minutes



  • 1cupuncooked quinoa
  • 2cupswater
  • 1tspSalt


  1. Pour the quinoa into a fine mesh colander and rinse under running water for at least 30 seconds. Drain well.

  2. Combine the rinsed quinoa and water in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then decrease the heat a bit to maintain a gentle simmer.

  3. Cook for about 10 t0 20 minutes or until the quinoa has absorbed all of the water. Reduce heat as time goes on to maintain a gentle simmer.

  4. Remove the pot from heat, cover, and let the quinoa steam for 5 minutes.

  5. Remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork.

  6. Season with salt, to taste.


  • Calories: 625.60kcal
  • Fat: 10.32g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.20g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2.74g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.60g
  • Carbohydrates: 109.07g
  • Fiber: 11.90g
  • Protein: 24.00g
  • Sodium: 762.76mg
  • Calcium: 85.10mg
  • Potassium: 957.25mg
  • Iron: 7.78mg
  • Vitamin A: 1.70µg
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