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quinoa in a bowl

How to Cook Quinoa

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups cooked quinoa 1x


Quinoa is a delicious ancient grain that’s packed with protein and healthful nutrients. This is the basic recipe for a batch of it.



  • 1 cup Organic Quinoa Grain
  • 1 3/4 cup to 2 cups Water or Stock
  • 1/4 tsp Salt


For Stove top Cooking

  1. Bring 2 cups of water or stock to a boil in a 2 qt. pot. Add 1 cup Quinoa and return to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium and let simmer until water is absorbed, about 12 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat, fluff, cover and let stand for 15 minutes.

In an Instant Pot

  1. Select “Multigrain” Setting. Press “Pressure” until High Pressure is illuminated.
    Press “Adjust” until Normal is illuminated. Using the “-“ and “+” keys, set cook time for 8 minutes.
    Once cooking time has finished, slide steam release handle to the “Venting” position. Remove lid and allow quinoa to sit for 5 minutes.
    Yields about 3-1/2 to 4 cups. (Total cook time 25 minutes.)

Slow Cooker Settings

  • 1 c quinoa
  • 1 3/4c liquid

Cook on low for 3-5 hours. If you are slow cooking a larger batch of quinoa, it will take more time to cook, closer to 5 hours. Note:  Each brand of slow cookers takes different amount of times.


This quinoa recipe is being shared with permission from Bob’s Red Mill.

  • Category: side dishes


  • Serving Size: 1/4 c (3/4 cup cooked)
  • Calories: 170
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 1.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 32 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: quinoa, ancient grains, gluten free grains