Rinse quinoa thoroughly, either by using a strainer or by running fresh water over the quinoa in a pot. Drain excess water. Place quinoa and water in a 1 1/2 quart sauce pan and bring to a boil.
Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until all of the water is absorbed (about 15 minutes). You will know that the quinoa is done when all the grains have turned from white to transparent, and the spiral-like germ has separated.
My mother had bought some bulk quinoa and gave me some. Of course, it didn't have cooking instructions so I wasn't even sure where to begin. Thank you for this easy explanation on how to cook it. I used it in another recipe that called for cooked quinoa (a vegetable salad)
Jul 3, 2007
Quinoa is not very tasty plain. I tried this recipe and I couldn't eat it. It needs some flavoring added. Not sure what to add exactly, but something has got to be added to make this edible. I'd like to try it again, but with some spices this time.
May 31, 2006
This is the basic recipe, a place to start, a chance to see what quinoa tastes like without add-ins. It's delicious, has a surprisely slight "crunch" in the middle of the grain. I add a little salt (but that's me) or olive oil to the cooking if I'm eating it plain like this.