12 Easy Quinoa Recipes

Check out our favorite delicious and easy quinoa recipes, from enchiladas to quinoa salad recipes to vegan chili. You’re sure to find a favorite!

Easy quinoa recipes

In just a few years, quinoa has become a majorly popular food. When Alex and I first started A Couple Cooks eight years ago, quinoa was relatively new. This supergrain is now a staple in our weekly meals, and it’s super delicious too. Over the years we’ve created all sorts of quinoa recipes. So we thought we’d share our top 10 easy quinoa recipes with you! All these quinoa meals and dishes have become family favorites in our house, and we hope they will in yours too!

Quinoa (KEEN-wah) is one of the world’s most perfect foods (according to some) due to its high nutritional content. It’s actually a seed, not a grain, which makes it naturally gluten free. Compared to other vegetables, quinoa is high in protein, calcium, Vitamin B, and iron. Fun fact: apparently the Incas thought it was sacred, because eating it regularly appeared to provide a long, healthy life. Because of all these benefits, we love making quinoa recipes!

And now…our top 10 easy quinoa recipes!

How to cook quinoa

There are a few ways to cook quinoa. Over the years, Alex and I have messed up quinoa numerous times: cooking it too fast so it’s hard and crunchy, or overcooking it so it’s mushy. I will say, how to cook quinoa is not a simple matter! We have two methods we like to use to cook quinoa:

  1. Perfect Quinoa on the Stovetop This is our master recipe for cooking quinoa on the stovetop and the correct quinoa to water ratio. It takes about 25 to 30 minutes, and it requires a little baby sitting to make sure the liquid is cooking out evenly, but it’s mostly hands off.
  2. Instant Pot Quinoa (Pressure Cooker) If you have a pressure cooker, you can use it to make quinoa! It takes about 16 minutes and is almost totally hands off! This is the method we’ve started to use more often, since we have an Instant Pot. Get it: 6 Quart Instant Pot

Quinoa nutrition

Last up: is quinoa healthy? Yes, this superfood is loaded with nutritional benefits! Here’s a breakdown (data source: Quinoa Nutrition):

  • Quinoa is a plant-based protein powerhouse. 1 cup quinoa has 8 grams protein or about 16% of your daily value.
  • It’s loaded with fiber. 1 cup quinoa has 5 grams fiber, or about 20% your daily need.
  • Quinoa is a good source of antioxidants and minerals. It provides more magnesium, iron, and zinc than many common grains.

How does quinoa stack up against rice? See Quinoa vs Rice: Which is Better?

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How to season quinoa

Perfectly Seasoned Quinoa


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s a basic quinoa recipe that’s seasoned so it tastes irresistible! This recipe will convince even quinoa haters take another bite.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked quinoa (1 cup dry)*
  • 1 tablespoon butter (olive oil or coconut oil for vegan)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Optional: 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh herbs, like chives, basil, dill, oregano, thyme, cilantro, or Italian parsley, 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles

Instructions

  1. Rinse the quinoa using a fine mesh strainer, then drain completely. Place quinoa in a saucepan with 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and simmer where the water is just bubbling for about 15 to 17 minutes, until the water has been completely absorbed. Check by pulling back the quinoa with a fork to see if water remains.
  2. Turn off the heat and let sit with the lid on to steam for 5 minutes, then fluff the quinoa with a fork.
  3. Stir in the butter, dried oregano, garlic powder, and kosher salt. If using fresh herbs, stir in the herbs (and feta cheese, if using). Taste and add additional salt if necessary.

Notes

*Other seasoning options: Mix the quinoa with 1/4 cup basil pesto, or stir in 2 teaspoons Italian seasoningherbes de Provence, or Greek seasoning.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Quinoa recipes, Quinoa, Easy quinoa recipes

Looking for more easy quinoa recipes?

Outside of these featured quinoa meals, here are a few more quinoa dishes that we love:

Last updated: September 2020

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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    Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite
    November 30, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Very excited to try those quinoa stuffed peppers and quinoa burgers! :)

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