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$0.25 and 45 Minute Rice or Quinoa

Rice and quinoa made the exact same way with this quick and simple method!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time43 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: quinoa, rice
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 150kcal
Author: apartmentchefnick
Cost: $1.50


  • 2.5-3 quart sauce pan
  • Water heater
  • 8" strainer or anything else for rinsing rice/quinoa
  • Spoon or spatula for mixing


  • 1 cup any type of rice or quinoa, preferably organic
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Rinse the rice/quinoa.
  • Pre-heat water in a water heater.
  • Heat the sauce-pan over medium heat (~5 out of 10) and then the olive oil.
  • Once the olive oil is hot, add the rice/quinoa, salt, and mix for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the water, then increase the heat to high (~9 out of 10) and boil until the level of the water is equal to the level of the rice.
  • Turn off the heat, leave the pan on the stove and put the lid on it. Set a timer for 20 minutes.
  • Stir and fluff with a fork and enjoy!


  • This ingredient list can be scaled to any size you want. I usually make 2 cups. 1 cup of uncooked rice equals ~3 cups of cooked rice.
  • Storage: Store for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
  • Calories: Brown rice and quinoa has roughly the same amount of calories.