How to Make Quinoa in the Microwave

Don't bother waiting for water to boil when you can make microwave quinoa in just a few minutes.

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The Ingredients

You will need 1/2 cup of quinoa and 3/4 cup water.

Step 1

First, rinse the quinoa thoroughly to remove bitterness.

Step 2

Put the quinoa in a medium-to-large microwave-safe bowl and add the water.

Step 3

Cover and microwave on high for 6 minutes.

Step 4


Step 5

Cover again and microwave at 80% power until the water is absorbed, about 3 more minutes.

Step 6

Fluff with a fork.

Breakfast Quinoa

Who needs oatmeal when you can have quinoa in just as little time? Breakfast quinoa bowls are incredibly versatile, but they also work well with classic parfait ingredients like Greek yogurt, berries, nuts and a nice drizzle of maple syrup. All the protein will keep you full and energized until lunchtime.

Asian Chicken and Broccoli on Quinoa

This dish is so delicious and easy it's a revelation! Mix a thinly sliced raw chicken breast with some broccoli florets, chopped garlic and ginger, and a splash of water, soy sauce and sesame oil. Microwave it all in a bowl, covered, until everything is cooked, about 4 minutes. With a serving of quinoa, it is incredibly satisfying and ready in no time.

Vegetarian Quinoa Bowl

This one is a total no-brainer and is great for Meatless Mondays. In a microwave-safe bowl, toss the quinoa with black beans and chopped bell pepper, then top it with some shredded cheese. Microwave the dish for a few minutes, just to melt the cheese a bit, then add avocado, salsa verde and cilantro. This bowl is easy to customize, so feel free to add the veggies you prefer and get creative with the toppings!