Save time and learn how to make quinoa in the microwave in just minutes! 

uncooked quinoa grains

Quinoa is so nutritious and high in fiber, it is super healthy and can be added into just about any dish. Quinoa does not have to be eaten on its own, in fact, I prefer it mixed in with vegetable or a salad. It can also be used to add a nice texture or subtle flavor to other dishes.

When I need protein after working out or I just need something that will help fill me up fast, microwave quinoa is my go to. I know that it is a super food and that it will also be done in just a few minutes, ready to be mixed with the meal of my choosing. 

Why Make Quinoa in the Microwave?

  • It is the fastest and most simple way to cook quinoa 
  • Dirty less dishes by cooking in the microwave
  • Quinoa is packed with protein!
  • The microwave is consistent every time so you will never get mushy quinoa 


  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of quinoa 

How to Make Quinoa in the Microwave – Step by Step

  1. First, you’re going to have to rinse the raw quinoa. Pour it into a bowl of cold water, swirl around, drain, and repeat until clean
  2. In a microwave safe bowl combine quinoa and water
  3. Cover with a plate and microwave on high for about 6 minutes
  4. Remove, stir, microwave for an additional 2 minutes
  5. Remove from microwave and allow to sit covered for 5 minutes, enjoy!

How to Store Quinoa

Quinoa will last in the fridge for 5 days. So, if you are sick of using rice for meal prepping, switch to quinoa every now and then. I suggest adding just a little bit of water to your quinoa if reheating it in the microwave, that way it does not get dried out. 

What Should the Consistency of Cooked Quinoa Be?

Quinoa should be fluffy and slightly chewy when eaten. When cooked correctly, quinoa grains are slightly translucent and have absorbed all of the water they have been cooked in. 

Dishes You Can Add Quinoa To

cooked quinoa in a bowl
cooked quinoa in a bowl

How to Make Quinoa in the Microwave

Learn how to cook quinoa in the microwave, fast and simple! Depending on how many watts your microwave is, cook time may vary.
3.13 from 8 votes
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Course Side Dish


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • Dash of Salt optional
  • Dash of Olive oil optional


  • Place quinoa in a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cold running water.
  • In a large bowl (big enough to hold 3 cups cooked quinoa) Add the rinsed quinoa and water. Add a sprinkle of salt and dash of oil if you wish. Stir, making sure the quinoa is fully submerged in the water.
  • Cover the bowl with a large enough plate to fully cover the bowl or use a microwave cover.
  • With a kitchen towel, carefully remove the plate and give it a stir, then put the plate back on and cook another 2 minute son high.
  • Remove the bowl from the microwave. You might still have some liquid in the bowl – this is normal!
  • Let it sit covered on the counter for 3-4 minutes. While it sits, most of the liquid will be absorbed. If there is still more water in the bowl, wait a few more minutes. Then fluff it with a fork.
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