A batch of fluffy quinoa

How To Cook Quinoa

Quinoa is delicious and healthy. I mean there is a reason people say super food and quinoa in the same sentence, right? Quinoa’s a whole-grain, whole protein (meaning it contains all 9 amino acids) seed thats gluten free and high in fibre.

The plus side to quinoa is that it’s easy to make. Perfect for batch cooking for a meal plan and a nice healthy alternative to many foods like couscous and rice.

Why Do You Rinse Quinoa?

Quinoa has a bitter outer coating called Saponin. Saponin can easily be removed from the quinoa by either rinsing or soaking. A lot of packaged quinoa comes pre rinsed but I still recommend giving it a quick rinse.

Which Quinoa To Buy?

You can buy white, red and black quinoa or even a mix of all 3. Each one has a slight different flavour. For people first trying quinoa I suggest trying the white quinoa first. As it has the most neutral flavour out of the 3.

How To Flavour Quinoa

One thing I love about quinoa is its so easy to flavour. Simply replace the water and salt in this recipe with your favourite stock for a nice twist. You can also try half stock and half water for a more subtle flavour.

This Recipe Is Suitable For

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan (Vegetarian & Dairy Free)

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How To Cook Quinoa

Quinoa is delicious and healthy. I mean there is a reason people say super food and quinoa in the same sentence, right? Quinoa's a whole-grain, whole protein (meaning it contains all 9 amino acids) seed thats gluten free and high in fibre.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Quinoa
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 185kcal

Equipment

  • Fine Sieve
  • Medium Pot

Ingredients

  • 100 g Quiona
  • 200 ml Water
  • 1 pinch Sea Salt

Instructions

  • Thoroughly rinse the quinoa in a fine sieve under cold water for 30 seconds.
  • Add the quinoa, water and sea salt to a pot. Quickly bring to a boil then turn down to a light simmer. Cook for 15 minutes until the quinoa has absorbed all the water.
  • Turn off the heat and place a lid on the pot. Leave to steam for 5 minutes.
  • Take of the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Taste for seasoning then serve.

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