How To Cook Quinoa
Ever wondered how to cook quinoa? It’s a tasty little seed that fills in for rice, and makes an easy protein filler for all kinds of salads and side dishes. Best news is, it’s easier than you think.
Hey, life is busy, and I need a little trick up my sleeve that I can pull out any time of the week. I’ve got errands to run, posts to write, email to answer, recipes to test and a swimmer to run around. It’s a busy life! So I was super thrilled when my husband came home telling me how much he loved this little side dish he had, called “quinoa”. Never heard of it? Here’s what Wikipedia says:
1. A goosefoot found in the Andes, where it was widely cultivated for its edible starchy seeds before the introduction of Old World grains
2. The grainlike seeds of this plant, used as food and in the production of alcoholic drinks
Quinoa is a multi-purpose grain (which we now know is actually a seed… and used to make alchol? what?!):
Pretty cool, right? Aaaaand, quinoa is in almost every bulk section of every grocery store. Translation: It’s also pretty darned inexpensive. And tasty!
Before we cover how easy it is to make (and solidify your undying adoration), there’s a couple things you need to know about quinoa:
1. It can be bitter, so in order to get rid of that kinda soapy-like taste, rinse your measured quinoa for 1-2 minutes under running water (in a sieve). This will remove the coating that makes it bitter (called “saponin“).
2. This little seed comes in all kinds of colors, so use them all. I happen to like the tri-color. It’s so beautiful, and makes me happy just looking at it.
Ready to learn how to cook quinoa? Let’s do it!
How to Cook Quinoa
- Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. (If desired, add a touch of butter or olive oil and lightly saute your quinoa for a minute for a light nutty flavor.)
- Add the liquid, and bring to a boil.
- Cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat (still covered) and let stand 5 minutes.
- Fluff with a fork and use it how you will.
For your continued reading pleasure: If you’d like to read more on the nutritional merits of quinoa (there are many):
Wikipedia has a great rundown
This handy infographic compares it with brown rice. (Oh, the anticipation of which is better!)