Quinoa. Keen-wah. Kee-noa. Kwi-noo.
However you say it (it’s keen-wah by the way), it’s a fancy word but it doesn’t have a fancy cooking method.
It’s cooked just – like – rice.
Yep, it’s that easy.
However, you cook rice, cook your quinoa the same way.
Note: 1 cup of uncooked quinoa makes 3 cups of cooked quinoa.
How to Cook Quinoa
For pre-soaked quinoa:
Go you! Your quinoa to water ratio is 1:1.
For un-soaked quinoa:
Your quinoa to water ratio is 1:2.
1. Add quinoa and water to a pot and bring to the boil.
2. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes with the lid on.
3. You’ll notice the quinoa seeds will sprout ‘tails’ and become somewhat translucent. It’s then you know it’s all done!
4. Remove the lid and leave to sit until all liquid is completely absorbed.
5. Fluff the quinoa lightly with a fork.
So now you know how to cook it. Did you know it’s soooo much better for your health (and the taste of the quinoa) if you rinse and soak it first? Check it out…
Why Rinse Quinoa?
Never rinsed quinoa before? Nothing tricky here. Just place quinoa in a fine strainer and wash with water!
Extra points for rubbing the seeds between your fingers.
You may be tempted to skip this step. Don’t. If you don’t wash away the thin saponin coating on this tiny seed, your quinoa will taste bitter.
Why Soak Quinoa?
Not everyone soaks quinoa before cooking, and even I have been known to cook it without soaking when I haven’t planned ahead properly.
But… if you want a comfy tummy and the benefit of allll that nutritional goodness then you might want to!
Because though cooked, it may not be very digestible, and this method may be downright harmful to your gut.
Soaking your nuts, grains, seeds and legumes is essential for proper nutrient absorption and optimal digestion.
- Removes bitterness (the saponins)
- Breaks down phytic acid so nutrients can be absorbed properly
- Reduces anti-nutrients
Anti-nutrients are substances designed to protect the plant from being consumed. They do this by causing digestive irritation to the one eating it! Anti-nutrients are in most all plant foods, and without proper preparation to reduce them, they can bind to and inhibit nutrient absorption which interferes in the function of certain organs.
So soak your quinoa people!
How to Soak Quinoa
You’ll need: 1 cup Quinoa, 2 cups Water, a pinch of Sea Salt, and 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar.
1. Combine the above in a bowl.
2. Leave overnight (or 12 – 24 hrs)
3. In the morning, add warm water and stir. You’ll see a bunch of foam rise to the top.
4. Tilt the bowl to pour out the water and foam.
5. Add more water, stir and pour out again. Repeat until the water runs clear and there’s no more foam.
You’re removing anti-nutrients and bitterness so don’t skip this part.