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Fluffy Quinoa

Quinoa is an ancient seed and superfood that can be used endlessly in recipes including in salads , as sides, in Quinoa Sushi or even as porridge. It is incredibly versatile and can be used in place of rice and served with curries, stir-fries or stews. 
Keyword Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low FODMAP, No Added Sugar, Nut Free, Preservative Free, Soy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1 1/4 cups Water extra for rinsing and soaking
  • Pinch sea salt


  • Rinse quinoa under running water and drain. Discard water. 
  • Soak quinoa in water for 15 minutes. Drain and discard water. 
  • On a stove top bring to the boil soaked quinoa with 1 1/4 cups water. 
  • Reduce to a simmer and cover with lid. Cook for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed. 
  • Remove from heat and leave to stand with lid on for 10 minutes. 
  • Fluff quinoa with a fork. 


Serving Suggestions:
  • Enjoy as a side dish, in warm dishes or chilled in salads.
Recipe Tips:
  • Pre-soaking quinoa seeds is an important step to making sure you have fluffy quinoa that isn’t bitter. Always rinse your quinoa to wash off the bitter compound that coats the seeds.
  • Leaving the lid on your saucepan after it is cooked helps to make the quinoa fluffy from its own steam.
  • How to know if your quinoa is ready? When your quinoa is cooked it will release a curly ‘tail-like’ string that separates from its seed.
  • Alternatively you can make quinoa in a rice cooker. Simply follow the above instructions but instead of cooking on the stove top cook in a rice cooker as per its instructions for rice.