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Fluffy Quinoa

Fluffy Quinoa

Preparation Time

5 Minutes

Cooking Time

Depended on Volume


Dependent on quantity used

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The Basic of making the perfect Quinoa

  • Use twice as much water as quinoa, as usual, then cook uncovered until the quinoa has absorbed all the water. The cooking time will vary based on quantity.
  • 1 part uncooked quinoa (e.g. 1 cup quinoa-any colour will do, you will end up with three times as much cooked quinoa)
  • 2 parts water (e.g. 2 cups water for each cup of quinoa)
  • Salt, to taste (around ¼ teaspoon salt per cup of dry quinoa)


  1. Rinse the quinoa: Pour the quinoa into a fine mesh colander and rinse under running water for at least 30 Drain well. This step removes any bitterness on the outside of the quinoa (caused by naturally occurring saponins).
  2. Combine the rinsed quinoa and water in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then decrease the heat a bit to maintain a gentle simmer.
  3. Cook until the quinoa has absorbed all of the water for about 10-20 minutes (small amounts of quinoa will be ready closer to 10 minutes; larger amounts between 15 and 20). Reduce heat as time goes on to maintain a gentle simmer.
  1. Remove the pot from heat, cover, and let the quinoa steam for 5. This step gives the quinoa time to pop open into little curlicues so it’s nice and fluffy. Remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Season with salt, to taste, unless you’re proceeding with another recipe as written.
  2. Stir a drizzle of the cold oil after it is cooked or a pressed garlic clove into warm quinoa for extra flavour.



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