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Don’t Like Quinoa? It’s Because You’re Doing it Wrong!

Look, if I had to eat the quinoa you made, I’d hate it too. I understand your frustration. It’s not your fault. Until this post, you just didn’t know any better.

You throw 1 part quinoa, 2 parts water in a pot, boil that shit for 20 minutes and it tastes like bland nothing, or you cook it like pasta and end up with a mushy porridge over boiled kind of mess. That sucks, and if you thought otherwise, you’d be wrong.

Out of everything I learned in culinary school, 2 things really stuck with me:

1- Everybody looks terrible in a chef’s jacket and check pants. Seriously, I went to school with some outrageously good-looking people, but didn’t realize it until we graduated and I saw them in regular clothes.

2- There is a correct way to make quinoa.

Basic Quinoa That Doesn’t Suck

2 T Olive or Coconut oil (non vegans, please use butter)

1 onion, small dice

½ t cumin (optional, but you should opt in)

1 C quinoa, rinsed

1 ¾ C vegetable broth.

A punch of salt and pepper.


  1. Get your oil hot in a small saucepan over medium heat. Throw the onion in with some salt and cumin and stir to coat.

  2. Cook that onion until it’s brown and caramelized. Resist the temptation to stir it too much, let the heat do the work.

  3. Add the quinoa to the pot and stir it in with the browned onions. Give it a minute then add EXACTLY 1 ¾ C of stock. It’ll get to a boil really quick. Cover and turn the heat as low as it can go.

  4. Cook for EXACTLY 12 minutes. Set a timer

  5. Take it off the heat, and let it sit covered for 5 minutes.

  6. Fluff it with a fork, taste for salt and pepper, add some more, then hit it with a little oil and stir it in.

  7. Now you’re converted.

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