Red quinoa has a slightly firmer texture than white, and should be cooked in a slightly different way. Here is How to Cook Red Quinoa.
People ask me all the time how to cook red quinoa. The truth is that you can cook red just like you do white, but this isn’t always the best way to do it.
The first time I tried red, I was convinced that I didn’t like it. I had cooked it in the same way that I typically prepared quinoa, but the results were entirely different.
The seeds were firm and crunchy – too firm for my taste.
Red vs White
Nutritionally speaking, there is no difference between red and white quinoa. However, red is a bit firmer and my experience is that it can take slightly longer to cook.
I have also found that I need to rinse it a little more, but this is probably because the only place I ever find red locally is in the bulk bins at Whole Foods.
If you don’t get all of the saponin off, it will taste slightly bitter. It can also really do a number on your stomach.(I learned this the hard way.)
A great way to rinse quinoa that I just tried for the first time is to put in the blender and pulse it.You aren’t trying to chop the seeds, just to agitate them. Works like a charm!
When looking at red, it is important to remember that most quinoa recipes are written for white, so you many need to make slight adjustments to your cooking time.
How to Cook Red Quinoa
I have published this method before for salad, but I really do think it is the best method for cooking red quinoa.
- Make sure the seeds are throughly rinsed.
- Bring a pot of water and salt to a boil and add the seeds. Boil, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Drain in a metal strainer.
- Place the strainer in the pot and cover with a clean dish towel. Put a lid on your pot and steam for twelve minutes. Enjoy!
Did you know that if you by boxed quinoa rather than bulk, chances are that it has been pre-rinsed? This can save you some time but you are paying for the convenience. Bulk is considerably cheaper than buying it by the box. However, you can’t beat Bobs Red Mill or Ancient Harvest.