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How to Make Perfectly Cooked Quinoa - Stovetop Version

  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This quick and easy method yields perfectly cooked quinoa every time. Your quinoa will be light and fluffy and the envy of all other quinoa lovers. Never deal with burnt or undercooked crunchy quinoa again. And forget about those wet spots that are mushy when extra liquid just won't absorb evenly. This method is a sure thing.

How to Make Perfectly Quinoa in the Instant Pot


  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups uncooked quinoa, rinsed for one minute under water in a fine mesh strainer


  1. Bring water to a boil on high heat in a 3-quart pot.
  2. Add the rinsed quinoa and stir.
  3. Allow the quinoa to boil on high heat for 5 minutes.
  4. Cover the pot tightly with a well-fit lid and turn the burner OFF.
  5. Let the pot sit covered for 20 minutes or more until water is fully absorbed. Do not remove or even slightly lift the lid prior to 20 minutes. You can leave it on longer if desired. I find 30 minutes yields even better results. But 20 minutes will work if you are pressed for time.
  6. Remove lid after 20-30 minutes and fluff quinoa with a fork.


You can store extra quinoa in the freezer and thaw out a day before using in the refrigerator. It will be just as perfect when frozen/thawed out.

1 cup of uncooked dry quinoa yields about 3 cups of tightly packed cooked quinoa.  The cooked quinoa measures 4 cups when fluffed with a fork and not packed tightly into the measuring cup.  So, if using 1 cup of uncooked quinoa it should yield about 4 cups of fluffy unpacked cooked quinoa.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Quinoa