Can you cook quinoa in a rice cooker?

Quinoa is a popular grain, but it’s often not considered to be a whole grain. It is actually the seed of the Chenopodium plant, which are used in many different dishes around the world. Quinoa in Rice CookerQuinoa has more protein than any other whole grain and provides all nine essential amino acids that our bodies need. Quinoa can be served hot or cold with ingredients like avocado, tomato, jalapeno pepper, cilantro leaves- chopped green onion- red onion- diced cucumber- lime juice for dressing or olive oil and balsamic vinegar mixed together for dressing if you want something less spicy.

There are several ways you can cook quinoa as per your convenience however, we are often asked this question, “Can you cook quinoa in a rice cooker?” Of course!

In this article, we will elaborate how easily you can cook quinoa in a rice cooker.

Benefits of Quinoa

Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it contains all the essential amino acids your body needs. Quinoa has been linked to more energy and mental clarity.

Quinoa is high in protein and fiber, so it will keep you full. It also gives your body sustained energy.

Furthermore, not only does it save you money, but also time and effort. Quinoa can be found in bulk bins for even more savings.

Cooking quinoa in an advanced rice cooker

If you happen to own an advanced rice cooker such as one of these Zojirushi rice cookers, of cuckoo rice cooker, most of these rice cookers have a preset cooking program for quinoa. Cooking with these machines become just a walk in the park. All you have to do is to add the ingredients, press the preset and you are done. Your meal will be ready in no time hassle-free.

However, entry level and basic rice cookers don’t have any cooking presets so cooking quinoa with these models might be a little tricky for some, but it is not tricky at all.

Let’s see how to cook quinoa in a basic rice cooker!

Recipe / How to cook Quinoa in a rice cooker

Cooking quinoa in a rice cooker is the easiest way to get perfectly cooked quinoa in no time.

Ingredients required

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups of water or broth
  • Salt to taste


  • Rinse your quinoa
  • Pour the quinoa and water in your rice cooker. You can add broth for added flavor, however if you would like to keep it simple, water will be just fine.
  • Add the salt as you like.
  • Turn the rice cooker on.
  • Usually, it takes 25-30 minutes to cook quinoa in a rice cooker.
  • It is important to wait a few minutes after cooking your quinoa before fluffing it. I use a fork to fluff it.
  • You have 3-4 cups of perfectly cooked, delicious and fluffy quinoa ready.

Dish out and serve as you please!

Final Thoughts

Cooking quinoa is a straightforward recipe and any of us could do it perfect for the first time. Cooking quinoa in an expensive rice cooker is even better. Rice cookers are designed to lessen the effort and make cooking more pleasant and effortless. Let us know how your quinoa turned out? If you are looking for an entry-level rice cooker check out our guide to best budget rice cookers. In case you can spare some extra bucks, you can also check out most expensive rice cookers here!

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