how to cook quinoa on stovetop

Pre-Toasted Quinoa

Amp up the natural flavor of quinoa by toasting it first to bring out a nutty aroma. Then, we show the best way to cook quinoa hassle-free!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword quinoa
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 29 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Servings 2 to 4 depending how it is used
Calories 315 kcal
Author munchmunchyum


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • cooking spray


  1. Moisten your quinoa. If it was pre-washed, rinse then drain the water so that it is as moist as if you had washed the quinoa. If you did wash the quinoa already, then it should be the right level of moistness after you've drained the water.

  2. Heat a non-stick skillet pan on medium-low. To avoid overcrowding the quinoa, you’ll want to use a 12” pan or larger for 1 cup of uncooked quinoa.

  3. Use a wire whisk to gently stir the quinoa until the water is absorbed and the quinoa starts popping, about 10 minutes.

  4. Transfer the quinoa to your rice cooker and add the two cups of water.

  5. Add a spritz of cooking spray to the water, then set the rice cooker the same way you would for cooking white rice and let it start.

  6. When the quinoa is done, stir the quinoa and let the steam aerate a little to cool it before serving.