How to Cook Quinoa in a Rice Cooker

How to cook quinoa in a rice cooker- this trick makes cooking quinoa hands off and even easier! No more worrying about your water boiling over, and great fluffy quinoa each time.

You might be surprised to hear that your rice cooker is good for more than just cooking rice- though I do have 7 rice recipes for you to use on the blog. We also love cooking quinoa in the rice cooker!

spoon of quinoa in a rice cooker

Rice cooker quinoa is such a revelation- exactly perfectly fluffy each and each time, and you don’t need to watch a pot on the stove…just push a button and walk away!

Why use a rice cooker to cook quinoa?

  • it gives you great quinoa
  • it won’t boil over
  • you won’t be tempted to peek
  • it makes cooking hands off so you can focus your attention on other things

Don’t forget to pin this post to save it for later!

collage image showing how to cook quinoa in the rice cooker

Cooking quinoa in a rice cooker

One of my favorite meal prep tips is to obtain your quinoa or rice cooking in the rice cooker while you prep your other ingredients.

Steps for cooking quinoa in rice cooker:

  1. Spray the rice cooker base with oil- I find it really helps to keep the quinoa from sticking and drying. My faves are either coconut oil or avocado oil.
  2. Rinse the quinoa- often boxed quinoa comes pre-rinsed, but I like to give it another fast rinse in a colander before cooking. This helps remove saponins from the surface of the quinoa, which can cause it to taste soapy.
  3. Add the water- use the same ratio as you do for stove top quinoa– 2 parts water to 1 part quinoa. For Instant Pot quinoa, we use a different ratio.
  4. Cook- If you have a fancy rice cooker, select the option for white rice. If your rice cooker only has one button, push the button. That’s seriously how simple it is.


After cooking, cool the quinoa completely before storing.

  • fridge- store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days
  • freezer- store in a sturdy freezer bag, meal prep container or reusable silicone bag for up to 3 months
  • reheat- heat your quinoa in the microwave until steaming hot

Food safety tips

  • do not reheat your quinoa more than once
  • discard quinoa that has been left at room temperature for longer than 2 hours
  • discard quinoa if it develops an ‘off’ smell, or has mold growing on it.
  • read more quinoa food safety tips here

overhead view of cooked quinoa in a rice cooker

Which rice cooker should I buy? 

Hands down my top pick for a rice cooker is the Aroma 8 Cup Rice Cooker

. It is small, the lid is super simple to wash, and it cooks basmati rice in under 30 minutes (our first rice cooker took a full hour for basmati!!!).

If you have a large family, I’d advise going for the Aroma 20 Cup Rice Cooker. When they say 8 cups, they are talking fully cooked rice. So that’s maybe 2 cups uncooked rice you can do.

How much water do you put in a rice cooker for quinoa?

You want 2 cups of water for each 1 cup of quinoa you cook in the rice cooker. Check the capacity of your rice cooker so you do not overfill.

How much quinoa can you cook in a rice cooker?

It depends on the model of your rice cooker. For my 8 cup rice cooker, I can cook at Trendy 2 cups of uncooked quinoa. This will make 6-7 cups of cooked quinoa.

Does quinoa double in size as it cooks?

Quinoa actually triples in size!

  • For 2 cups of cooked quinoa add 3/4 cup of uncooked quinoa
  • For 3 cups of cooked quinoa add 1 cup of uncooked quinoa

close up view of rice cooker quinoa

More quinoa recipes

How to Cook Quinoa in a Rice Cooker

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Keyword: gluten-free, how to, quinoa

Calories: 158kcal

Servings: 4

How to cook quinoa in a rice cooker- this trick makes cooking quinoa hands off and even easier! No more worrying about your water boiling over, and great fluffy quinoa each time.

Prep Time3 mins

Cook Time30 mins

Total Time33 mins

  • Spray the rice cooker insert lightly with oil (optional but I find it helps keep the quinoa kind and fluffy all the way through).

  • Rinse quinoa under the tap for 20 seconds in a fine mesh sieve. Shake off excess water and add to the pot.

  • Add a pinch of salt, then 2 cups of water.

  • Cook rice using the ‘white rice’ function (if your rice cooker has that option; otherwise just press cook).

1- for added flavor, swap the water for vegetable or chicken stock
2- quinoa triples in size as it cooks, so 1 cup of uncooked quinoa should yield 3 cups of cooked quinoa
Cooked quinoa should be stored in the fridge within 2 hours of cooking.
Store in an air tight container for up to 4 days, or freeze in a freezer bag or meal prep container for up to 3 months.
Adding flavor
Consider swapping the water for chicken stock, or using the spice ratios in these 7 rice recipes

Serving: 1/4 batch | Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 0g | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1.9mg

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *