How to cook quinoa in a rice cooker

Updated February 21, 2017

Quinoa is a gluten-free seed that is high in protein. Cooked quinoa has a light, fluffy texture and a slightly nutty flavour. You can use healthy quinoa as an alternative to rice in many types of dishes. Quinoa is a versatile food, in that it can be enjoyed for breakfast, similar to oatmeal, in a salad for lunch, or on the side of meat or fish for dinner. When you prepare quinoa in a rice cooker, it will be ready to serve in a matter of minutes.

Rinse the dry quinoa in water until the liquid runs clear.

Add two cups of water and one cup of quinoa to the rice cooker. Double the measurements to make more servings; the ratio is always two parts water to one part quinoa.

Add any desired seasonings, such as salt, pepper, cinnamon or dried herbs, to the water and quinoa and stir it in well.

Put the lid on the rice cooker and turn the appliance on. Cook the quinoa for 15 to 20 minutes, or until it is soft and fluffy.

Things You'll Need

  • Quinoa
  • Measuring cup
  • Rice cooker
  • Seasonings (optional)
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