Friday, January 17, 2014
Kitchen Tip: How To Cook Quinoa
I have some new quinoa recipes coming up on the blog in the near future and I decided that a quick how-to for basic quinoa would be a simple way to start. Are you a fan of this nutty grain?
Already familiar with quinoa? Check out these great recipes for more ideas: Lemon Herb Quinoa, Mango Quinia Salad and the Unforgettable Chocolate Quinoa Cake. (Don't be a doubter, that cake is truly fantastic and the readers that have tried it have been just as impressed!)
At its most basic, quinoa cooks just like rice. Depending on how I plan to serve the quinoa, it can also be sauteed for a few minutes in a hot skillet with a dab of butter before adding the water. This will result in a toasted and slightly more nutty taste. Feel free to substitute chicken or vegetable broth for the water, if you'll be using the quinoa in a savory dish. If your quinoa tastes bitter, rinse it well in a mesh strainer prior to cooking. The organic quinoa that I've been buying for the past few years has never tasted bitter, so I rarely rinse mine anymore.
How To Cook Quinoa
Yield: about 3 cups
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Combine quinoa, salt and water in a large saucepan. Cover with lid and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes Remove from the heat and leave covered for at least 5 minutes. (I often leave mine covered for up to half an hour and it will stay warm until I'm ready to serve it.) Fluff with a fork and serve. Enjoy!
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