How to Microwave Quinoa
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Quinoa cooks quickly in the microwave and forms the perfect base for grain bowls or saucy entrees. Make sure to use dry quinoa for this recipe — pre-soaking the quinoa will make it more likely to overflow while cooking.
Caution! Before cooking grains of any kind, you absolutely must lower your microwave’s power level. If you skip this step (or fail to change your PL properly*) your food will burn and you could severely damage your Anyday Dish. For detailed instructions on how to change your power level, visit our blog.
What You’ll Need
What You’ll Need
Microwave Match Up: Quinoa
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Step-by-Step: Microwaving Quinoa
Combine quinoa and water and stir.
Cover with the lid (knob lifted).
Microwave at Power Level 6 for a 1000w microwave
Fluff with a fork and serve.
All you need to know about microwaving quinoa
How long does quinoa take to cook in the microwave?
|1/2 cup quinoa
|1 cup quinoa
|1 1/3 cups
|1 1/2 cups quinoa
|2 cups quinoa
|2 2/3 cups
|3 cups quinoa
|3 1/2 cups
Quinoa typically takes around 10-15 minutes to cook in the microwave. The exact cooking time may vary depending on the power of your microwave and the quantity of quinoa being cooked. It's best to check the package instructions or experiment with shorter cooking intervals, stirring occasionally, until the quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed.
How do I change my microwave's power level to cook quinoa?
To change the power level of your microwave for cooking quinoa, you usually need to refer to your microwave's instruction manual. Look for the power level or wattage settings and adjust it to the desired level. This allows for a slower, more controlled cooking process to ensure the quinoa cooks evenly without overheating.
How to cook red or multicolored quinoa?
To cook red or multicolored quinoa in the microwave, follow the same steps as you would for white quinoa: rinse it, combine with water, cover with the lid (knob up) and microwave. These colorful varieties may pack a tad more nutrition and have a slightly earthier flavor, but they're just as easy to prepare in the microwave.
How to tell when quinoa is cooked through?
You'll know when quinoa grain is done because it will look like it has popped open, revealing the germ of the kernel which makes quinoa look like a little translucent center with a whiter outer ring. If quinoa still looks like tiny seeds, it need to cook longer. When in doubt, try one! If it’s too crunchy, cook longer in 1-minute intervals.
What is a faster way to cook quinoa?
Microwaving is by far the fastest way to cook quinoa compared to the stovetop, oven, or Instant Pot methods. Quinoa cooks by hydration and heat, which means that if you can heat water faster, you will be able to hydrate the quinoa more quickly. The microwave is the best way to do this! Be sure to use a plastic-free container when cooking any grain in the microwave.
Is cooking quinoa in the microwave good for you?
Yes, cooking quinoa in the microwave is a nutritious and convenient option! It helps retain the nutritional value of quinoa while providing a super fast cooking method. Be sure to use plastic-free containers when microwaving, which can leach toxins into food.
How to freeze cooked quinoa?
Once the quinoa is cooked, allow it to fully cool while uncovered. Once cool, transfer to the 1/2 Cup Anytime Trays, then cover with the lid and freeze for up to 6 months.