Fluffy quinoa

Have you ever struggled to make quinoa? Tried to make it following box directions (2 cups liquid for 1 cup quinoa) and ended up with a soupy mess (please don’t tell me this has only happened to me!) I did some research online and recipe testing found a way to cook quinoa that gives me the best, fluffiest results.

Here’s how I made it.


Fluffy Quinoa


  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • Give quinoa a quick rinse in a fine mesh sieve for a few seconds. Shake off any excess water
  • Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in pot over medium-low heat, add quinoa and stir constantly for 5 min. (Make sure not to let it burn!)
  • Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook over low heat until tender, about 15 min. Remove from heat, let stand, covered ten min. Fluff with a fork.
  • There are also recipes to cook quinoa with a rice cooker, which you can check out here.

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