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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 mins
Cook Time 9 mins
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.
Keyword quinoa
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