The standard way to cook quinoa is to cook in in boiling water. You can however cook it in a microwave oven quite easily as this following method shows. These instructions are for a 700watt microwave oven. You will need to adjust your cooking times to suit your equipment.
Measure out one cup of quinoa and 2 cups of water. The size of cup doesn’t matter as long as the proportions are 2 to 1.
Rinse the quinoa under cold water for half a minute to remove any impurities.
Put the water and the quinoa into a microwaveable dish and cover. Put this in your microwave and cook on full power for 3 minutes. Take out of the oven and let it stand for 1 minute. Stir the mixture and then place it back into the microwave for a further 3 minutes on full. The quinoa needs to stand on the kitchen counter for 2 or 3 minutes to finish cooking.
Note: Using this method the water doesn’t always fully absorb into the quinoa and you will have to drain it before serving.
Your quinoa is now ready to serve. The only difference I have observed in cooking quinoa in a microwave as opposed to cooking it the standard way is that is expands very slightly more and is a bit softer to the touch. The superb taste of quinoa is still there and it is easily used in all your best recipes.
The simplest thing to do with quinoa is to add it as a side dish to a main meal instead of potatoes, rice or cous cous. Just serve it on the plate instead. But the best way to use the cooked quinoa is in salads and stir fry dishes. This is where it really comes into its own and proves to be a versatile addition to your kitchen larder.