Go Back
+ servings
how to cook quinoa on the stove

How to Cook Quinoa on the Stovetop Recipe

Start with these basic instructions for cooking quinoa on the stove and you’ll have fluffy, gluten-free quinoa ready to go in minutes!
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Resting time 5 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Latin American
Servings 4
Calories 156 kcal


  • 1 cup quinoa white or tri-color/rainbow
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Rinse quinoa under cool water until water runs clear.
  • Combine quinoa, salt, and 2 cups water in a pot or deep saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer, uncovered, until water is absorbed and white rings form around each grain, about 15 minutes. Add a small splash of water towards the end if quinoa becomes too dry.
  • Cover pot, remove from heat, and let stand for about 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.


Sodium: 153mgCalcium: 24mgFiber: 3gPotassium: 239mgCalories: 156kcalSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 3gProtein: 6gCarbohydrates: 27gIron: 2mg
Keyword buddhabowl
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!