How to Cook Quinoa in the Microwave

Quinoa is lovely, in the sense that it’s super nutritious and delicious. While it’s technically a seed and not a grain, it’s comparable to grains since it can be eaten for breakfast, with salads, in stir-frys, or simply on its own. Super versatile! It’s also high in protein, iron, fiber, and magnesium. Additionally, there are three different varieties of quinoa: white, red, and black.

Quinoa, however, takes half an hour to cook over the stove, and often I don’t have the time to wait that long. Cooking it in the microwaves makes it fast, simple, and easy!

The trick to this recipe is that quinoa and water are in a 1:2 ratio. You can easily alter it to feed two, three, or four by changing the quantities of each and making sure to keep the same one to two ratio.

Serves: 1


  • ¼ cup dry quinoa
  • ½ cup water


Pour the quinoa and water into a microwave safe bowl. Cover the bowl with a microwave safe lid; I just covered it with a plate. Cook on high for 6 minutes, occasionally stopping to stir. Keep in mind that all microwaves are different, and it might take more or less time depending on your microwave. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep an eye on it, and check to see if it’s done when you stir. Also, the bowl will be HOT when you take it out—be careful!

Note: Quinoa is great leftover. You can easily make a bunch for the week, and store it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

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