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How to cook quinoa for babies

Quinoa is one of the best first foods for babies! Here's how to cook it perfectly every single time as well as some healthy and easy serving suggestions.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 52kcal


  • 1 cup dry quinoa (195g)
  • 2 cups water, broth, or milk of choice


  • Add quinoa to a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cool water. Drain.
  • In a medium pot, add quinoa and liquid of choice.
  • Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let it stand for 5 minutes, covered. Fluff with a fork.


You can puree cooked quinoa and add toppings to make it a well-balanced meal for your baby. Here's my quinoa baby cereal recipe and 4 variations to try! 
Allow for quinoa to cool completely. Transfer to an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.
To freeze: cool completely, and divide into individual portions. Place in freezer-safe bags or containers and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight.


Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 2mg