How to Toast Quinoa

by Ann Johnson ; Updated September 28, 2017

Use a skillet or pan to prepare the toasted quinoa.

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Quinoa was a significant staple of Incan diets, raised for its seeds and used to make cereal, flour, soup and alcohol. Quinoa is a useful source of protein and is high in fiber, magnesium, iron and phosphorus. It is also easy to digest, as it is gluten-free. When preparing quinoa, washing under cold water helps to remove the bitter coating of the seeds and improve its flavor. Give the quinoa a bit of crunch by toasting.

Put the desired amount of quinoa into a bowl and place under the kitchen faucet.

Slowly fill the bowl with cold water. Rub the grains between your palms while rinsing the quinoa. Pour out as much water as possible once the bowl is full, without pouring out the quinoa. Repeat two or three more times.

Strain the quinoa through a sieve to remove from the water.

Place the quinoa in a large skillet.

Cook for fifteen minutes on medium heat, continually stirring the quinoa with a spatula or shaking the pan to prevent the quinoa from burning.

Remove from the heat and allow to cool before using as a toasty garnish or incorporating into other recipes.

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Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.