How to Cook Quinoa on the Stove

Learn the basics of how to cook quinoa on the stove, with easy (and flavorful) ways to serve it to babies, toddlers, big kids…and us parents! There is a base recipe here, which cooks in about 15 minutes, plus 6 simple ways to flavor it.

How to Cook Quinoa

Cooking quinoa on the stove is fast, straightforward, and easy to do even if you only think of it at the last minute. Because the grains turn from an opaque white to more translucent, you can tell visually when it’s done. Handy!

And all you need is quinoa and water, then you can add in other ingredients as you like.

We alternate quinoa and other grains, like rice and pasta, in our meal rotation and I find that adding some flavors helps my kids enjoy it more than when it’s plain. To give you a lot of options, I’m sharing the base recipe here with easy ways to flavor it.

What is Quinoa?

Quinoa is an edible seed that’s grown in South America and is usually classified as a grain. It comes in a few colors—the most common being white and red—and is a rare in that it contains complete vegetarian protein. (You don’t fine that in grains like rice or wheat.)

A half cup of cooked quinoa has 4 grams of protein and 2 ½ grams of fiber. It’s also naturally gluten-free, which can be helpful for families dealing with celiac disease.

Contents hide 1 How to Cook Quinoa 2 What is Quinoa? 3 Your toddler won’t eat? Help is here! 4 Quinoa for Kids 5 How to Make Quinoa Taste Good 6 Ingredients You Need 7 Ingredient Substitutions 8 Step-by-Step Instructions 9 Frequently Asked Questions 10 How to Store 11 Best Tips for Success 12 Related Recipes 13 How to Cook Quinoa 13.1 Base Quinoa (then choose a flavor option from below) 13.2 Buttered Quinoa 13.3 Pesto Quinoa 13.4 Pizza Quinoa 13.5 Lemon Butter Quinoa 13.6 Cumin Quinoa 13.7 Chicken Broth Quinoa (omit the water from the base recipe)

Your toddler won’t eat? Help is here!

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