How to Cook Quinoa in a Crock Pot

Quinoa is species of the Goosefoot plant, closely related to beets and spinach, grown and harvested for its edible seeds. Quinoa seeds have a slight bitter flavor with a grainy texture. If you prepare quinoa incorrectly, it may turn to mush or adopt a vaguely muddy flavor. You can cook quinoa in a Crock Pot over the course of three to six hours for a healthy, make-ahead meal. Serve cooked quinoa as a side dish to meats, soups or stews.

Raw quinoa in a bag and measuring spoons. Credit: Iryna Melnyk/iStock/Getty Images

Step 1

Pour the quinoa into a strainer and rinse under cool, running water for 60 seconds. Shake the quinoa in the strainer to rinse all of it thoroughly.

Step 2

Place the quinoa into the Crock Pot and add the olive oil. Stir with a wooden spoon to coat and pour the chicken or vegetable stock over the top. Season as desired.

Step 3

Cover the Crock Pot and cook the quinoa for five to six hours on low or three to four hours on high.

Step 4

Fluff the cooked quinoa with a fork and serve while hot. Combine with cooked meat or vegetables, if desired.

Things You'll Need

  • Crock Pot

  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa

  • Strainer

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock

  • 1/2 tsp. salt


Do not leave leftover quinoa in the Crock Pot. Transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days. For a healthier alternative, use low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock.

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