How To Make Quinoa Taste Good

Here are 5 easy ways to flavor quinoa! Plus, foolproof quinoa recipes that you must try.

Give it a Quick Rinse


Quinoa has a bitter-tasting natural coating called saponin. Rinsing quinoa before cooking is an easy way to remove the bitter taste.

Toast with Oil

It might be a few minutes of extra work but toasting quinoa with a bit of oil unlocks its nutty flavor and even produces fluffier cooked quinoa.


Cook It with Stock

Cooking quinoa in vegetable or chicken stock is an easy way to flavor it. Simply swap the water with your choice of stock and use the same amount for cooking your quinoa.


Add Seasonings

The best seasonings for quinoa are cumin, dried bay leaf, turmeric, salt, and black pepper. I also love to flavor it with fresh garlic and herbs such as parsley, dill, and cilantro.


Let It Rest

Once cooked, let quinoa rest for a few minutes and then fluff it with a fork. Doing so will allow the extra moisture to evaporate resulting in perfectly cooked quinoa.


Make This Now!

Here is a perfectly seasoned Lemon Quinoa recipe that you can serve as a side dish or a light lunch.

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