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.