Quinoa is a brilliant, tasty grain, packed with both protein and fibre – and it’s also gluten-free.

Dress simply while still hot with lime or lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and a little sea salt and black pepper, and you’ve got the foundations for a delicious meal. Nutty and fluffy, it’s a great alternative to rice, served with chicken or fish, or livened up with simple, fresh ingredients to make a satisfying salad.

But with so many different grains out there, each with their own cooking method, it can be confusing to know how to cook each one properly for ultimate flavour and texture. Never fear, we’ve got quinoa covered! Follow our easy step-by-step guide below, then check out this quinoa, feta & broad bean salad recipe to turn it into a delicious lunch.

PERFECT QUINOA STEP BY STEP

Rinse the quinoa under cold running water to remove its bitter flavour
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Tip into a pan and add double the amount of salted water
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Place over a medium heat and bring to the boil
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Reduce to a simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender and the liquid is absorbed
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Fluff it up with a fork, then pimp it
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Got leftovers? Cold, leftover quinoa is a brilliant filler in nut roasts or veggie burgers, too.