My Adventures with Quinoa Sprouts

I finally did it!  I finally made quinoa sprouts!

Yes, I am well aware that I should not be quite so proud of myself for a culinary feat that doesn’t even involve cooking.  But I am.

You see, me and quinoa sprouts have a very tumultuous relationship. I love sprouts.  I mean I really, really love sprouts.  Any kind.  Sprouts are great on a salad, sandwich, veggie burger.  It doesn’t really matter to me.

So naturally when I first started this site I tried making sprouts.

The first time, nothing happened at all.

The second time my sprouts when all stinky and moldy.

It was embarassing.  I have a website about cooking quinoa and I can’t do something as simple as sprout seeds?

So, I put the idea on the back burner for a while and kept buying my sprouts at the grocery store.

Then a few weeks ago (around the time I released my Quinoa Cookbook), I was chatting back and forth with a couple of readers and quinoa sprouts came up again.

I knew I had to give it a try!

This time, I used the directions in Quinoa 365 as my guide.

These guys were so yummy in a vegetable sandwich and also rocked in my daily salad.

quinoa sprouts

My Adventures with Quinoa Sprouts

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1

Calories per serving: 196

Fat per serving: 3.2g


  • 1/3 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup filtered water


  1. Place quinoa and water in a glass bowl. Make sure the seeds are completely covered with water. Cover and soak for 45 minutes.
  2. Drain and rinse. Return quinoa to dish and cover, but leave a slight opening. Cover bowl completely with a clean kitchen towel. Let rest for 10 hours. Rinse and repeat the process two or three more times. Store sprouts in the refrigerator and use quickly.

What about you?  Do you have an experience with quinoa sprouts you would like to share?  Or have you perfected your method of sprouting quinoa?  I’d love to hear from you!

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  • Deanna

    Did you use regular cooking quinoa or a seed? If a seed, where did you purchase them?

    Thank you,


  • Trishie

    For Wendy: I just came across this site and I love it.
    For Deanna: I just sprouted my first batch of quinoa and had some for lunch today. I got my quinoa from They sell pre-rinsed organic quinoa (($4.29 lb) and my favorite organic quinoa puffs ($4.99/lb) that I use for cold cereal.

    • Wendy Polisi

      Thanks so much Trishie!