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Perfect Quinoa

quinoa cooked right, every time. If you haven't tried freezing portions before, then I urge you to give it a go! It will save you in both time and hassle for future meals

Total time to make : 25 minutes Time to prep : 5 minutes

Time to cook : 20 minutes

Servings : 3


1 cup uncooked quinoa (makes 3 cups cooked quinoa)

Pinch of salt


  1. Rinse the quinoa. This is easiest done using a fine mesh colander and silicone spatula

  2. Using the spatula, scrape the rinsed quinoa into a saucepan and cover with 2 cups water

  3. Bring to a boil on a medium-high heat ( ~5 mins ) then once it begins to boil, decrease to a simmer on a low-medium heat, pan uncovered

  4. Keep simmering until the water has absorbed ( ~10mins ), stirring often with a fork to ensure the quinoa doesn't catch on the bottom of the pan and begin to burn

  5. Remove from the heat and leave to stand for 5 minutes, with a lid on

  6. Remove lid, fluff with a fork, season with salt and serve or store (refrigerated or frozen, see below)

Nutritional Information

(per serving - 1 cup cooked)

208 calories

8g protein, 36g carbs, 3g fat

#loveyourleftovers make extra, freeze (see below) and use to bulk out chilli, salads or use in place of breadcrumbs to make meatballs or burgers

Good to know:

  • Rinsing quinoa is important to remove saponin (quinoa's natural coating) which can give a bitter or soapy taste. Some packaged brands have already done this step, but it's not always clearly labelled

  • Some people prefer to soak quinoa before boiling, to improve digestibility (by removing phytic acid). To do this, rinse uncooked quinoa, cover with 2x amount of water and leave overnight (minimum 4 hours). Drain, cover with 1.5x water and follow the usual method, bearing in mind cooking time will reduce significantly with soaked quinoa

  • Uncooked quinoa can be cooked in a simple 1:2 ratio of quinoa:water - the larger the quantity the longer the cooking time may be

  • Leave quinoa to completely cool before storing refrigerated in an airtight container for 5 - 7 days

  • Quinoa freezers exceptionally well. Once completely cooled, use a ziplock bag, fill in single portions, squeeze out as much air as possible before closing, then freeze flattened (see pictures, below) for up to 12 months. To thaw, remove from the freezer and place in the refrigerator over night

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