Cooking Quinoa in a Rice Cooker

Since I am always writing about quinoa recipes, people ask me all the time about cooking quinoa in a rice cooker. I must confess that it was only recently that I actually purchased a steam cooker.

I actually was not inspired to buy one, until I started using my steaming method to cook quinoa for quinoa salad. Since I have been practically living on my favorite quinoa recipe for salad this summer, I decided to go ahead and make the investment. Boy am I glad did! In fact, I think I might actually have to change the post I did on how to cook quinoa, because cooking it in the rice steamer may just be my new favorite method. A microwave rice cooker works well too, but I have been trying to stay away from the microwave when I can.

As always, don’t forget to rinse your quinoa grain before you cook it. Unless you buy quinoa in a box, you need to rinse it for around four minutes. I’ve been soaking and rinsing a bit longer these days, ever since the unfortunate incident with red quinoa when I made myself sick from not rinsing it long enough. (I, if anyone should know better…) Apparentely, I am one of the people that saponin makes sick. The worst part was I didn’t even taste the bitter flavor!! Anyways, do yourself a favor and make sure that you rinse your quinoa thoroughly, especially if you buy quinoa in bulk.

You will use two parts liquid and one part quinoa in your rice cooker. If your cooker allows you to add in herbs and spices, you can go ahead and do that now. Quinoa is great at absorbing the flavors that it is cooked with! Once you turn your rice cooker on, it will take between 20 and 25 minutes for your quinoa to cook. As I always tell people wanting to learn how to cook red quinoa, you should allow a bit of additional time when cooking red quinoa. Every rice cooker is a little different, so you will need to experiment with your own cooker. Generally speaking though, you will want to use your white rice setting. The first time you try it I would cook red quinoa for 25 minutes and white quinoa for 20. You can make adjustments from there.

Who knew that rice cookers could be so handy?

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