The Secret Method to Cook the Perfect Nutty Quinoa in 7 Steps

My first time eating Quinoa was when I had bought a ready made quinoa salad for a quick lunch. To be frank, I absolutely hated it. Infact, I tried to digest it and like it but the more I ate, the more I felt put off by the bitterness of the quinoa. It felt like I was eating raw chickpeas! Since then, I had been put off for life. 

However, Just recently I decided to give Quinoa a second chance and decided to cook it myself. I can reassure you that there was no bitter or chickpea after taste but rather a nutty flavour. This was due to the Secret method I used to prepare it before cooking which I will share with you in this article.

This recipe is super simple and really hands off. The instructions look long, but I swear it is super simple. Scroll down for the full recipe plus a short video showing my technique on how to cook perfect quinoa; every time. I’ve tried this a few times and this method works perfect in getting fluffy flavoursome quinoa every time. 

Step 1 

Rinse 1 cup and half of quinoa under running cold water for about 2 minutes rubbing the quinoa together. (This will stop it from sticking together). Drain well using a fine mesh colander. This step removes any bitterness on the outside of the quinoa (caused by naturally occurring saponins).

The secret

Step 2

Once rinsed and drained well, pour the quinoa in a large non-stick frying pan on medium high heat. Cook the quinoa until it has turned nutty brown and starts to ‘pop’ – this will take 10-15 mins. Stir every so often to avoid the quinoa from burning. 


Meanwhile, bring a large pan on high heat and add 2 tbsp of oil. Add in the cooked and roasted Quinoa and Mix well with the oil. 

Step 4

Add in 2 cups of boiling kettle water. The ratio for cooking Quinoa is similar to cooking rice:

1 cup quinoa = 2 cups water 

To make your quinoa flavoursome why not try to add chicken/meat broth or vegetable stock to give a burst of flavour. I chose to not add stock, spices and salt as I am looking to use the leftover quinoa to make a fruity porridge.

Step 5

Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, then decrease the heat to the lowest heat setting once the quinoa has absorbed most of the water. (about 10 miniutes in) 

Step 6

Cover the pot and leave on the lowest heat to gently simmer for a further 10 minutes just as you would cook rice.


Remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Season with salt or drizzle olive oil and a clove of garlic whilst the quinoa is still warm for extra flavour. You can add it into salads or make porridge’s as the list is endless.

The Result…

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