While stovetop cooking is the traditional method for preparing quinoa, using a rice cooker offers convenience, simplicity, and consistent results. In this article, I will instruct you how to cook quinoa in a rice cooker, ensuring fluffy and perfectly cooked quinoa every time.

1. How To Cook Quinoa in Rice Cooker


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth (for added flavor)


Rinse the Quinoa

Place the quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve or colander and rinse it thoroughly under cold running water. This step removes any residual bitterness or saponins, a natural coating on quinoa that can give it a soapy taste.

Add Quinoa and Liquid to the Rice Cooker

Transfer the rinsed quinoa to the rice cooker pot. Then add the water or vegetable broth to the pot. The general ratio for cooking quinoa is 1 part quinoa to 2 parts liquid.

Optional: Seasoning and Flavoring

If desired, you can add a pinch of salt or your preferred seasonings at this stage to enhance the taste of the quinoa. Common additions include herbs, spices, or a squeeze of lemon juice.

Start the Rice Cooker

Close the rice cooker lid securely. Then select the “Cook” or “Start” button to begin the cooking cycle.

Allow the Quinoa to Cook

The rice cooker will automatically adjust the cooking time and temperature.

Let the quinoa cook undisturbed until the rice cooker switches to the “Keep Warm” mode, indicating that the quinoa is fully cooked. This usually takes around 15-20 minutes, depending on the rice cooker model.

Fluff and Rest

Once the cooking cycle is complete, let the quinoa sit in the rice cooker for 5-10 minutes. This allows the quinoa to steam and fluff up.

Fluff and Serve

Open the rice cooker lid and use a fork to fluff the quinoa gently, separating the grains.

Serve the cooked quinoa as a side dish, a base for salads or bowls, or as a nutritious addition to various recipes.

Cooking quinoa in a rice cooker is a hassle-free and reliable method that yields fluffy and perfectly cooked grains every time. By following the simple recipe outlined above, you can enjoy nutritious and versatile quinoa without the need for constant monitoring or stirring.

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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