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how to make fluffy quinoa

How to Make Fluffy Quinoa

This photo tutorial will show you how to make fluffy quinoa. Making fluffy and delicious quinoa is easier than you think.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten-free, healthy, how to
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 57kcal



  • In a pan, combine water, salt, pepper, a clove garlic, and bring to a boil.
  • Add the quinoa and reduce heat to medium/low. Cover and simmer until tender and all the liquid is absorbed (about 15 or 20 minutes).
  • The quinoa will be done when it has popped open.
  • After cooking, just let the quinoa rest for a total of five minutes.
  • After that time, you can remove the cover. Fluff and separate the grains with a fork.


  • Always rinse the quinoa beforehand as some quinoa can be bitter.
  • For more flavourful quinoa, cook the quinoa in broth.
  • Allow the quinoa to rest as it helps with making the quinoa fluffy. 
  • To store: Store cooked quinoa in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge. 
  • To reheat: You can reheat quinoa in the microwave.
  • To freeze: Frozen cooked quinoa will last for up to 6 months in the freezer in a freezer-safe bag or container.


Serving: 1/4 | Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g