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!
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:
- 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.
- 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
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?Print
Here’s a basic quinoa recipe that’s seasoned so it tastes irresistible! This recipe will convince even quinoa haters take another bite.
- 1 cup dry quinoa (or 3 cups cooked and skip Step 1 and 2)*
- 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
- 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.
- Turn off the heat and let sit with the lid on to steam for 5 minutes, then fluff the quinoa with a fork.
- 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.
- 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:
- Cherry Quinoa Chocolate Bark
- Mexican Quinoa Recipe
- Stress Relieving Quinoa Avocado Salad
- Quinoa with Roasted Vegetables
- Summer Quinoa Salad with Corn
- Quinoa Bean Salad with Lemon
- Crispy Quinoa Granola
- Vegan Quinoa Salad with Snap Peas
- Pesto Quinoa Recipe
- Quinoa Stuffed Grilled Zucchini
- Grilled Eggplant with Herbed Quinoa
- Stuffed Acorn Squash with Quinoa and Herbs
Last updated: September 2020
About the Authors
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 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.