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two hands holding a glass bowl full of gluten free quinoa grains

How to Cook It (Quinoa – 4 Ways)

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups cooked quinoa 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Learn how to cook quinoa grain in the stove top, instant pot, slow cooker, and rice cooker for a gluten free grain perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!


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Stove Top Option: 

  1. Boil 2 cups of water or stock over high heat. Add 1 cup of quinoa, and bring the liquid back to a boil.

  2. Cover, and reduce heat to medium. Simmer for about 12 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.

Instant Pot Option: 

  1. Add 2 cups of quinoa, 3 cups of liquid, and salt to the Instant Pot.

  2. Pressure cook for 1 minute.

  3. Slow release for 15 minutes. Flip the valve to remove any remaining pressure.

Slow Cooker Option: 

  1.  Add 1 cup of quinoa, 1 ¾ cups quinoa, and salt to the slow cooker.

  2. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, occasionally fluffing with a fork.

Rice Cooker Option: 

  1. Add 2 cups quinoa and 3 cups water to the rice cooker.

  2. Cook on rice or whole grain mode.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top, Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup (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 g
  • Carbohydrates: 32 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: quinoa, gluten free, grain, side dish, ancient grains, gluten free grains