How to cook fluffy quinoa. The two fail-proof methods. White quinoa, red quinoa, and black quinoa, plus 5 healthy quinoa recipes.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine International, Peruvian
Keyword Black Quinoa, How To Cook Quinoa, Quinoa, Red Quinoa, White Quinoa
Prep Time 1minute
Cook Time 1minute
natural pressure release 15minutes
Total Time 17minutes
1cupquinoawhite, red, or black
1-2cupswater or broth
Add quinoa to a sieve and rinse under running water until the water runs clear.
Instant Pot Quinoa: Add 1:1 ratio of quinoa and liquid to Instant Pot plus sea salt. Put on the lid and set to high pressure (HP) for x minutes + full natural pressure release (NPR).White Quinoa: 1 minute HP + NPRRed Quinoa: 2 minutes HP + NPRBlack Quinoa: 3 minutes HP + NPRStovetop Quinoa: Add 1:1 or 1:1.5 ratio of quinoa and liquid plus sea salt to your pot. The amount of liquid will depend on the circumference of the pot and how tight the lid sits on the pot. For a 7-inch or smaller pot with a super tight-fitting lid 1:1 works great. For a 10-inch pot with a tight-fitting lid 1:1.5 works great. For a pot that has a not so tight-fitting lid or even a lid with a hole in it, 1:2 is often necessary to account for all the evaporation.Bring to the boil uncovered over high heat while closely watching and as soon as the first bubbles burst IMMEDIATELY put on the lid and reduce the heat to low. Set a timer for 15 minutes (white quinoa) or 20 minutes (red and black quinoa) and let simmer. Once the timer goes off, remove the pot from heat (do NOT peek, leave the lid on), and set the timer for another 10 minutes. Then it's time to lift the lid.