If you are like me, food being good just isn’t enough. I put a lot of effort into cooking and I want everything to be perfect! Because cooking quinoa is something I do all the time, I set out to learn how to cook quinoa perfectly.
Most methods of cooking quinoa call for a 1:2 ratio between quinoa and liquid. For a long time, I thought this was the best method to cook quinoa perfectly. What I found is that I like quinoa a lot more when I used less liquid, lower heat and cooked my quinoa for longer. Unlike some methods which yield a softer (and sometimes soggy!) quinoa, this method yields a fluffy quinoa. When I am short on time I will still use the old method, but as long as I have the time I find that the results are well worth the effort. Ingredients Instructions Notes 34.2 Carbohydrates, 7.5 g Protein, 3.7g Fiber
This method is a bit different than most quinoa recipes that you will come across, so you will have to make adjustments when necessary. The good news is that quinoa is very forgiving, so quinoa cooking experiments are pretty hard to mess up! Read on for how to cook perfect quinoa!
34.2 Carbohydrates, 7.5 g Protein, 3.7g Fiber
How Do You Cook Quinoa When You Are Short on Time?
People sometimes ask me why this is not the method that I use in most of my recipes. The truth is that even though this is how I cook quinoa, I forget sometimes when I am writing the recipes because the 1:2 ratio is so ingrained! One thing that I have found is that even if you have only 15 minutes to cook your quinoa and want to use the boil/simmer method, it tends to work better if you use a little less water. I use a 1:1.75 ratio when I’m in a hurry. Bring the quinoa to a boil, reduce heat cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
In summary, when considering how long to cook quinoa, first decide how long you have! If you are short on time, use higher heat!
If you have tips on how to cook quinoa you would like to share I’d love to hear from you!
Easy No Fail Method to Cook Quinoa in Bulk
Over the last two years, I’ve developed the habit of cooking a large batch of quinoa once a week so that I can easily throw it into anything from wraps, pancakes and salads. Although I love the method above, sometimes I just want something fast that doesn’t require measuring. When this is the case I will simply rinse the quinoa and then place it in a pot of water. Bring it to a boil and allow it to boil for about eight minutes. Drain the water off and return it to the pot. Cover it and let it sit off the heat for about 10 minutes. Perfect quinoa every time!
So, the next time a friend or family member asks you “How do I cook quinoa?” you can tell them with confidence regardless of the situation!
Now, you may already know this but quinoa is also available in quinoa pasta, quinoa flour and quinoa flakes. Check out this post if you are wanting to know how to cook quinoa pasta!
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