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Want to know how to make the perfect quinoa? This super easy recipe has a hint of lemon zest, cumin and thyme. It's cooked in vegetable broth for extra yum.
How to make the perfect quinoa
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Ann Stewart
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • Olive oil
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • Zest of 1 lemon and juice optional
  1. Measure 1 cup of quinoa and place into a fine-mesh strainer. Rinse with cool water for about 1-2 minutes. This is important to get rid of the bitter taste.Allow to drain.
  2. Heat olive oil in the saucepan over medium-high heat, and add the drained quinoa. Cook, stirring, for about 1 minute to let the water evaporate and toast the quinoa. Add the cumin. Stir well.
  3. Stir in 2 cups of broth, garlic, thyme and salt. Bring to a rolling boil.
  4. Lower heat and cook, covered, for 15 minutes.
  5. After that remove the pot from heat and let stand for 5 more minutes, covered. Don't even think about peeking.
  6. When 5 minutes has passed -Remove the lid. Add the lemon juice and zest. Fluff the quinoa gently with a fork, and serve.