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Basic Quinoa Recipe

Use this Basic Quinoa Recipe to build a base for salads, bowls and more!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten-free main dishes, side dish recipes
Calories: 626kcal
Author: K.C. Cornwell


  • 2 cups water or gluten-free broth
  • 1 cup quinoa rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Place quinoa, salt and water or broth in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until all the water is absorbed (about 15-20 minutes).
  • The quinoa is done when all the grains have turned from white to transparent, and the spiral-like germ has separated. Makes about 3 cups.


Refrigerate in sealed container for up to 1 week.


Calories: 626kcal | Carbohydrates: 109g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2358mg | Potassium: 957mg | Fiber: 12g | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 8mg