How to Toast Quinoa

Quinoa is a magical little grain that's high in protein & gluten-free. In fact, it's actually a seed. I want to show you a wonderful way to give it some natural flavor. That said, you definitely don't toast quinoa in the toaster! Hehehe. Keep reading to learn how to toast quinoa.

1. Locate your quinoa. Found it? Got it? Good. Moving on.
2. Preheat your pan. No need for oil.
3. Gently rinse your quinoa. There's often dirt & other bits o' nature in there.
4. Add your desired amount of quinoa to the pan.
5. Stir lightly until toasty.

Ok, so yes those are the basics.

quinoa






You really need to keep your eye on the pan, constantly moving the quinoa around. If you don't it'll burn. You'll know your quinoa is just about ready when you start to hear some slight crackling. This means they're getting nice & toasty. You'll see the edges start to brown. You'll smell a lovely waft of aromatic flavor -- kind of nutty.

quinoa
before, nice & white

quinoa
before, nice & white


Slight crackling. Brown edges. Fragrant smell. These are signs you know it's cooking & that it's just about ready. You may toast the quinoa for however long you prefer. Simply monitor the brownness. Let that be your guide because you don't want it to be over toasted or burned.

quinoa
after, so toasty.

quinoa
after. mmm.


After your quinoa is toasted, cook as directed. This usually means boiling it for about 20 minutes. Add water to your pan & just let it simmer over low heat until ready. The usual ratio is 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water. Substitute couscous with quinoa in this cumin chickpea dishDo you have much cooking with quinoa experience? Was learning how to toast quinoa useful? Have you ever tried toasting your quinoa prior to eating it? :]

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50 comments

  1. I've never heard of toasting quinoa before! Thanks for the tips :)

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    1. Come on, Stella! At least now you know. :]

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    2. I have never heard of it either. Haha. Perhaps I will have to try it.
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  2. I've only cooked quinoa twice...and one time was a disaster. So I might have to give it another go, and try your way! Thanks for the tips on toasting. I never thought about doing that before. :-)

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    1. Same, the first time was terrible. There's a learning curve for quinoa. :]

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  3. OMG I will cook quinoa and amarant this evening and this is the first time to me.. This post helps me a lot! Thanks dear!
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  4. I love quinoa. I have never done this with quinoa but with other reads and nuts. Great idea and will give it a try. Thanks for sharing this.

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  5. Yummy! I love quinoa though it's only recently that I've included it more on my diet, so healthy (NY resolution)! Love it in salad and the toasted version is such a great idea, thanks for sharing! x

    Love,
    Whitney

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    1. Quinoa is excellent in salad! It makes it so much heartier! :]

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  6. I love quinoa but for some reason have never cooked it myself! That's going to have to change soon!!! Thank you for sharing these instructions :)

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    1. It's a bit difficult to make initially but it gets easier. :]

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  7. I only tried cooking this once, and it was so horrible - I definitely didn't do it the correct way. Thanks for sharing your tips!

    Shauna

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    1. Same with me. It was gross. Just try again & cook as instructed (that's something I never do haha). :p

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  8. This post was really useful for me, as a vegan I cannot live without quinoa!
    xx

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    1. Then you will definitely love this! Gives a natural smokiness. :D

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  9. Looks so good never tried it before though haha :)

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  10. I've honestly never tried quinoa before, I know couscous, we're kinda BFFs but quinoa who? LOL! Really need to up my healthy eating game plan. xx
    Hope you had a great weekend, Carmen!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Couscous is soo good, but quinoa has a lot more benefits. :]

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  11. Oh I love quinoa, now I know how it's made!! Thanks for this insightful post Carmen! xo~ Lena
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    1. You're welcome, Lena. Thanks for dropping by. :]

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  12. Had it before and didn't like it much, but never toasted it, will have to give it another try :))) Hope you're feeling better now too :) Xxx

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    1. You may want to add more flavor next time because the taste could be unappetizing to some. Toast it & add some yummy spices. :]

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  13. I've never toasted quinoa before, I'll give it a try, thanks for the tips :)

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  14. Thanks for these tips! I will definitely have to try. :)

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  15. nice post!! :)

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  16. i thin i've only ever had quinoa a few times..

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  17. Wow, toasting quinoa. Never heard about this. Amazing post. Thanks for sharing. Kiss, Mel
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  18. Never tried Quinoa before but I've heard that it is kinda difficult to cook. Would love to try this because it's healthier.

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    1. It is a bit hard at first, but you learn after a couple times. Believe me, mine tasted bad at first too. :]

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  19. I had no idea that quinoa could be toasted!

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    1. I didn't either until I read the back of the package. HA! :p

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  20. Ohh how interesting! I've never tried this!

    Love,
    Wendy from http://collegecheese.com

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  21. I never tried this before. I think the smell would be amaze!
    thanks for sharing, keep blogging

    XOXO,

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  22. I actually haven't had this before, super interesting..

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    1. Hope you try it or at least keep it in mind next time you go out to eat. :]

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  23. I've never heard about toasting it before cooking it...definitely going to try this next time!

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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  24. Ooh great post, thanks for sharing this! <3

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  25. I've never heard of toasting quinoa before, but it looks like a great idea!
    How do you eat it? Do you still cook it afterwards?

    Rita
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  26. I'm totally new to the toasting quinoa scene but I will definitely try! Thanks for the tips =)

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  27. Cool! Will definitely try this. I need to add more quinoa into my diet. The closest I've come to this is toasting sesame sees. The fragrance and the smell are what to look out for too. But nor crackling sounds. Thanks for the tips :)

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  28. I love Quinoa but haven´t tried toasting it yet. I will give it a go next time :)

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  29. Oooh this sounds delicious! I've never heard of or thought of toasting quinoa before but I will definitely be giving this a go!

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

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  30. This is a great tip! I love bulgur but am just starting to get to know quinoa. Been using it like couscous and loving the results :)

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  31. Okay, one, I didn't know you could toast quinoa, two, no oil? Genius! Thank you for sharing this :)

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