Knowing how to cook quinoa correctly is essential to take advantage of all its nutrients. Quinoa is a very beneficial and rich pseudocereal, although if it is not prepared well it may not taste good.

This superfood contains saponins, which are bitter-tasting toxins used to make soap, so before cooking it is very important to wash it well until the water runs clear.



  • 2 taza de agua (500 ml)
  • 2 cucharadas de salsa de soja o tamari
  • 1 taza de quinoa (170 g)


  1. Wash the quinoa well until the water come out transparent. Some quinoas are already pre-washed, so in that case this step will not be necessary.
  2. In a saucepan add the water and when it starts to boil add the soy sauce or tamari, stir and add the quinoa.
  3. Let it boil for about 2 minutes, lower the heat to medium, cover and cook for about 10 or 15 minutes (I usually prefer about 15) or until all the water has been absorbed. If the water runs out and the quinoa is still hard, add a little more.
  4. Serve in dishes like quinoa salad, vegetable and quinoa wok or vegetables and tofu baked with quinoa.


  • Quinoa is cooked when it is al dente (like pasta) and the grain turns transparent except for the edges.
  • To cook it normally you need twice as much liquid as quinoa (if you use 1 cup of quinoa you will need 2 cups of water), although it can vary depending on the type of quinoa you use.
  • To give it more flavor you can add some ingredients to the cooking water, such as sea salt, soy or tamari sauce, lemon juice, vinegar, spices, herbs, etc.
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