White dish of cooked quinoa and wooden spoon.

How to Cook Quinoa on the Stove (Recipe)

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Rest Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


You can find my advice for rinsing quinoa in the post above.
From here, quinoa can be enjoyed in so many different dishes. Enjoy! -Christine xo


  • 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed well
  • 2 cup vegetable broth, chicken broth, or water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. garlic or onion powder


  1. In a dry, medium saucepan add rinsed quinoa. Toast, stirring frequently, over medium-high heat until water has evaporated and quinoa begins to crackle and pop, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add broth, salt, and garlic powder. Bring to boiling, reduce to a simmer.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes* or until quinoa has absorbed all of the water, just begins to stick to pan, and bottom of pan is dry.
  4. Remove from heat. Cover pan, let stand 10 minutes.
  5. Uncover pan, fluff quinoa with fork. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator, covered, up to 5 days.

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*For a firmer, al dente quinoa, cook for 12 minutes.