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Fluffy Quinoa

This is how you make fluffy quinoa every time. Nothing soggy and overcooked. This quinoa process yields fluffy, lovely nutty quinoa in just over twenty minutes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Kathy Patalsky


  • 2 cups dry quinoa
  • 1 ¾ cups water (use 2 cups if you like a moister fluffiness)
  • pinch of sea salt


  • Rinsing your quinoa first is optional. Rinsing the quinoa removes the natural coating called saponin. Sometimes unrinsed quinoa can have a bolder, nuttier and sometimes bitter flavor. If you do rinse your quinoa, reduce water amount to 1 ½ cups since the quinoa will be slightly moistened from the rinsing process.
  • Add the water to a soup pot. Add the quinoa and pinch of salt.
  • Bring to a low boil. When the first signs of boiling begin, cover the pot with a lid and reduce heat to low-medium. Allow to simmer at this heat, covered, for 15 minutes.
  • When 15 minutes has passed, pop back over to the stove and turn the heat all the way off -- but DO NOT open the lid of the pot yet! This will upset the fluffing ability of all that trapped steam in the pot.
  • With the heat OFF, walk away from the pot for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Return back to the pot and remove lid. Using a fork, fluff the quinoa a bit as the remaining steam escapes.
  • You can sprinkle spices over top and fold those in or simply serve as is, warm and fluffy.

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 5g | Fiber: 6g