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a bowl of quinoa cooker in rice cooker garnished with parsley

How To Cook Quinoa In A Rice Cooker (Recipe)

The one and only recipe you need to cook quinoa in a rice cooker perfectly every time. Follow my steps to make the most flavorful and delicious quinoa with my hands off rice cooker method.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 249kcal


  • 1 cup Quinoa White, red, black and tricolor quinoa would all work
  • 2 cups water or broth chicken stock, vegetable stock would both work
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil olive, coconut and avocado oil would all work


  • Place quinoa in a medium-mesh strainer and wash under cold running water until it runs clear.
  • Grease the rice cooker insert with a tablespoon of vegetable oil to prevent sticking. I use a sheet of paper towel to distribute the oil evenly throughout the insert.
  • Place rinsed quinoa, liquid of your choice, and salt. Give it a stir.
  • Put the lid on and press the white rice setting on your rice cooker. If your rice cooker does not have that function, just press "cook".
  • It should take somewhere between 25-35 minutes for it to cook completely.
  • Once it is done, fluff it with a fork and serve.



FAQs Answered:
  • Can I Cook More Than A Cup of Quinoa? You sure can. However, be sure to check the capacity of your pressure cooker. One cup uncooked quinoa yields about 3 cups of cooked quinoa.
  • Best Way To Store: Store cooked quinoa in an airtight container after it comes to room temperature. Keep it in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • Can I use other seasonings to flavor my quinoa? You sure can. Start with small amounts of (1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon or so) of ground cumin, ground coriander, and even ground turmeric and adjust to your liking.


Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 390mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 4g | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 3mg