How to cook perfect quinoa

Quinola’s quinoa is from a single source which means we can pretty much guarantee the quality and consistency of the crop each year, which helps keep the cooking instructions the same each time. Cooking quinoa is similar to cooking rice. There are some people who swear by the 3:1 ratio of water to quinoa, or the 2:1 but it varies so much on how you like your quinoa, the utensils you use, the type of heat, how often you stir etc. Which all add unnecessary stress. So, to make it really easy for you we’ve outlined the most simple steps below to help you cook perfect quinoa.

Try these fool-proof instructions for cooking the perfect quinoa.

  • Boil some salted water (we often pop a veggie stock cube in to give the quinoa some added flavour)
  • No need to rinse the quinoa, just pop into the pan. Portion size varies from 50g to 100g, depending on how hungry you are or what you are serving it with. If it’s for the base of a salad or as a side to a curry, we’d suggest 60-80g of quinoa is enough.
  • Lower heat, cover with a lid and simmer for 12 mins.
  • Drain quinoa and use a fork to fluff up before serving.

Head to our recipe page to get some inspiration for what to serve with your perfectly cooked quinoa!


When time is not on your side remember that we also make express quinoa pouches. These are already cooked for you so you can have them cold, either in a salad or as a slow-release carb snack, or you can heat in the microwave for 90 seconds to have hot. Whichever way you make or consume your quinoa, you can be reassured that Quinola have done the hard part for you so that you can spend more time with family and friends. 


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