Below you can find very simple steps for cooking quinoa. There are also tips on what to serve it with when cooked, and additional ways you might choose to alter the flavor to avoid boredom.
Step 1: Put a pot of water on to boil. You will want to place two cups of water for each cup of quinoa you plan on cooking. If you want to feed two to four people, one cup of quinoa and two cups of water should be adequate.
Step 2: When the water reaches a boil, slowly in the quinoa and stir. You know the water is boiling when small bubbles rise from the bottom of the pan.
Step 3: Reduce heat to low-medium, cover with a well-fitting lid, and allow the quinoa to simmer. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Be careful to not over-stir, however, as this can cause the quinoa to be undercooked.
Step 4: When there is no water left in the pot, remove from heat. Add a small amount of butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Additional Tips for Cooking Quinoa
· If you find the quinoa appears to be soft and done yet there is still excess water in the pot, you can remove the lid and allow the water to evaporate. Alternatively, you can use a thin mesh sieve to drain the quinoa.
· You can add your favorite green to the quinoa for color and an added nutritional boost. Spinach works best, but you could also use kale, collards, cabbage, or mustard greens.
· Quinoa makes a perfect bed for your protein to sit upon when plating. It works particularly well with fish or chicken but can be used with any protein including beans for vegans or vegetarians.
· Quinoa can be eaten raw in salads, trail mix, or other dishes.
· Quinoa works well as a mix-in for other grains or starches, also. For example, it works particularly well when mixed into white or brown rice for extra nutrition without altering the diet too much.
· Experiment with different seasonings. A few options include Cajun seasoning, hot sauce, fresh squeezed lemon or lime, or fresh herbs.