microwave quinoa

How to Cook Quinoa in the Microwave

Love quinoa, but the longer cook time is holding you back? Perfectly cook quinoa in the microwave in just 8 minutes instead! All you need is quinoa, water, a microwave-safe bowl and a lid.

Prep: 5 minuteCook: 10 minutesTotal: 15 minutes
Fat 3 Carbs 27 Protein 6
Yield 4 1x


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa (any color), rinsed
  • 2 cups water (or broth for a more savory option)


  1. First, begin by rinsing your quinoa under warm water to remove residue.
  2. Then, place quinoa in a microwave-safe bowl or container and add in 2 cups of water. Cover with a lid (I used a plate) and microwave on high for 6 minutes.
  3. Remove and stir. At this point, more than half the water should be absorbed. Place back in the microwave, covered, for about 2 more minutes on high. Then, let sit covered for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed.
  4. Enjoy!

Tips & Notes

  • Quantity: you can make as much or as little quinoa as you want. Just make sure you use a 1:2 ratio of quinoa to water.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 Calories: 156 Sugar: 0 Fat: 3 Carbohydrates: 27 Fiber: 3 Protein: 6
Author: Lee FunkeCategory: SideMethod: MicrowaveCuisine: American
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