How to cook quinoa in a rice cooker – some tasty recipes!

Quinoa is a nutritious type of seeds consumed by many families nowadays. Quinoa has great nutritional value and a delicious taste. It is considered as a gift that Mother Nature bestows on humans. Do you know that some countries even replace rice with quinoa as staple food? Join mycookingtown today to discover the simplest and most complete ways of processing quinoa to take best care of your whole family.


What is quinoa?

Quinoa is a very special form of cereal. It is used as cereal but belongs to the Chenopodiacees (spinach and beetroot). Quinoa seeds are gray like millet seeds and the taste is somewhat like the taste of chestnut plus the smell of barley and young corn. Quinoa seeds are surrounded by a saponin film (bitter resin that makes animals not like to eat), so farmers are not required to use any pesticides and thus the seeds are especially safe.

Quinoa is high in protein, rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, fiber, vitamins. The essential amino acid content in quinoa is also equivalent to the amino acid content in milk. In addition, quinoa is gluten-free. Because of its very high nutritional value, quinoa is known as “The mother grain”.

The advantage of quinoa seeds is that the seeds can live in arid, drought or saline conditions. Quinoa seeds are usually grown in areas as high as 13,200 feet, such as the Himalayas and the northern highlands of India.

What are the health benefits of quinoa?

Quinoa is known to be delicious and has many benefits for health. Studies have shown a number of health benefits of quinoa such as: preventing cardiovascular diseases, improving bone and teeth health, participating in the mechanism of energy generation of cells, forming red blood cells, preventing cancer cells and reducing the risk of high blood pressure. This type of seeds is encouraged to use as weaning powder for children aged 6 months.

In addition, quinoa seeds are also used to prepare a number of dishes suitable for everyone such as the elderly, children, pregnant mothers and athletes. Quinoa is also great food for vegetarians and dieters. Each ¼ cup of quinoa only provides 172 calories, which is a very low energy level. Quinoa contains starch with a low Glycemic index, so it helps you feel full for longer, which helps to control body weight.

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3 easy steps of cooking quinoa in a rice cooker

Almost every quinoa recipe has to undergo the very first step that is cooking quinoa itself. Cooked quinoa has less plasticity than white rice.

Ingredients (for 4 people)

  • Quinoa: 0.5lb
  • Water: 14 oz
  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon

Step 1: Soak quinoa seeds thoroughly and drain them as you wash rice. The reason is that quinoa has a bitter saponin crust which reduces the flavor of the seed. Although the products sold were pre-processed and the saponin crust was separated by a grinder, the crust could not be removed 100%. Soaking and washing the seeds thoroughly is the most effective way to remove leftover crust.

Note: Do not wash the seeds with hot water because the nutrients of quinoa can be lost.

Step 2: Add quinoa to the rice cooker (read more: 10 electric rice cookers), add water and salt. Stir the mixture.

Step 3: Turn on the rice cooker in “Cook” mode. If your rice cooker has both white and brown rice mode, choose the white rice mode.

Cooked quinoa is fragrant and easy to eat. It can be used instead of white rice daily.

Some nice tips:

  • You can store cooked quinoa in the refrigerator for 5 days. You can also store cooked quinoa in the freezer for 2 months.
  • Read your rice cooker manual carefully as some manuals have quinoa cooking instructions.
  • Another way of cooking quinoa in the rice cooker is to replace water with vegetable or chicken broth. You can also add a drop of lemon juice to the cooker. You can even add one of your favorite spices like curry powder and coconut milk to the cooker.

Some tasty quinoa recipes

Quinoa salad with veggies

salad quinoa

Quinoa salad with veggies is easy to make and also delicious. This dish can not only give you a beautiful skin and a good body shape but also make you healthier.


  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 5 cucumbers, 1 tomato, 2 lettuces, fish lettuce and parsley
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1 purple onion
  • 1/4 cup of red wine
  • 1 lemon (to get squeezed juice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper


  • Step 1: Cook quinoa in the rice cooker (as instructions above).
  • Step 2: Wash and cut cucumber. Remove seeds of tomato and dice it. Wash lettuce and fish lettuce. Chop onion finely.
  • Step 3: Put cooked quinoa, which has already cooled, in a separate bowl and mix it with all other ingredients. You can sprinkle on the top a bit butter depending on your taste.

Quinoa salad with shrimp

Quinoa salad with shrimp contains a huge amount of calcium. It is the perfect formula for babies to increase height.


  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 6 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground chili if you like
  • 0.5 pounds of peeled boiled shrimp (head removed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 bell pepper (cut into medium pieces)
  • 1 carrot (peeled and grated)
  • 1 cucumber (peeled and diced)
  • 2 finely-chopped fresh onions
  • 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro


  • Step 1: Cook quinoa in the rice cooker (as instructions above).
  • Step 2: Make salad dressing by mixing lemon juice, fish sauce, olive oil, sugar and ground chili in a medium bowl. Stir the mixture until sugar is dissolved. Add shrimp to the dressing and marinate until it is ready to mix with veggies and quinoa.
  • Step 3: Put cooked quinoa into a separate bowl. Once cooked quinoa has cooled, add bell pepper, carrot, cucumber and onion into the bowl. Just before eating, add the dressing, shrimp and cilantro to the bow and stir well. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt, sugar and chili powder if desired.

Quinoa salad with mixed fruits

Quinoa salad with fruits are very nutritious and especially suitable for vegans.


  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 1 cup of cooked black beans
  • 1 fresh mango (diced)
  • 1 ripe avocado (diced)
  • 1 cucumber (diced)
  • 1/2 cup of basil
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped fresh onions
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon if lemon juice
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Salt and chili


  • Step 1: Cook quinoa in the rice cooker (as instructions above).
  • Step 2: Mix lemon juice, olive oil and garlic in a bowl.
  • Step 3: Put the remaining ingredients in the bowl including quinoa and stir. Add salt and chili, depending on your preference. Refrigerate the dish for 20 minutes to make it more flavorful. Use it immediately after taking the dish out of the fridge.

Quinoa tabbouleh salad

Quinoa tabbouleh salad is easy to make and is great for people with diabetes because of its very low carbohydrate content. In addition, this dish is completely cholesterol-free and thus is suitable for everyone.


  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 1.5 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1 lemon (to get squeezed juice)
  • 1 tomato (sliced)
  • 1 cucumber (sliced)
  • 1 cup of chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup of chopped basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper


  • Step 1: Cook quinoa in the rice cooker (as instructions above).
  • Step2: Mix cooled quinoa with olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, tomato, cucumber, parsley, basil, salt and black pepper. You can use immediately or put the dish in the refrigerator.

Quinoa with salmon

Quinoa combined with salmon into a perfect formula provides the human body with many nutrients.


  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1 purple onion
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 carrot
  • Mushrooms
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of parsley
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 2 pieces of salmon
  • Salt and black pepper


  • Step 1: Cook quinoa in the rice cooker (as instructions above).
  • Step 2: Heat the oil in the pan at a moderate temperature. Add all the vegetables, garlic and spices to the pan. Stir until carrot is soft.
  • Step 3: Add cooked quinoa with parsley and lemon juice to the pan. Stir the mixture well. Turn off the stove. Put the mixture into a bowl.
  • Step 4: Marinate salmon with salt and black pepper. Heat the oil in another pan at a moderate temperature. Fry each side of salmon for 3-4 minutes until it is cooked. Put the cooked salmon into the bowl. Add a little bit lemon juice depending on your preference.

Quinoa with pork

Quinoa with pork


  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon of soy sauce or tamari sauce
  • 2 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1lb of pork
  • 3/2 cup of frozen peas and diced (or finely-cut) carrots
  • 3 sliced fresh onions
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of sesame oil
  • 1.5 teaspoons of fresh or dried ginger
  • Salt and black pepper


  • Step 1: Cook quinoa in the rice cooker (as instructions above).
  • Step 2: Heat the oil in the pan at a moderate temperature. Add garlic and onions to the pan and then add peas and carrots to the pan. Stir until the veggies are soft.
  • Step 3: Marinate pork with olive oil, soy sauce (or tamari sauce), salt, black pepper, ginger and sesame oil. Heat the oil in another pan at a moderate temperature. Fry each side of pork until it is cooked. Take the cooked pork out of the pan and chop the pork into slices.
  • Step 4: Put quinoa, veggies and sliced pork into a plate or a bowl and enjoy.

One special tip

In addition to using quinoa seeds that are cooked in the rice cooker for different dishes, we can also use roasted quinoa to make our dish more flavorful.

  • Step 1: Wash quinoa seeds thoroughly. Stir the seeds well in the pan until the seeds turn brown and smell like the nuts. Turn off the heat.
  • Step 2: Use roasted quinoa seeds evenly on salads, baked goods or breads as well as your other favorite dishes.


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