You can cook quinoa a variety of ways. We’re sharing how to cook quinoa on the stovetop below, but methods for using a microwave, pressure cooker, and rice cooker are all outlined in the article above.
Add quinoa to a fine mesh strainer, and then rinse under cool water for 30 seconds to a minute. Alternatively, add the quinoa to a bowl and cover with cool water. Move the quinoa around the bowl, and then drain the water and repeat once more so the quinoa has been rinsed.
Shake the quinoa of any excess liquid. Combine the rinsed quinoa and water (or stock) in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil then reduce to a low simmer and cook, uncovered, until the liquid is absorbed by the quinoa, 10 to 15 minutes. If you are making a large batch of quinoa, this may take closer to 20 minutes.
Move the saucepan off of the heat and cover for five minutes. This extra time allows the quinoa to steam and “fluff up”. Uncover, and then fluff the quinoa with a fork.