Can you freeze cooked quinoa? Short answer: YES. Read on to find out more about how and why you should freeze cooked quinoa.
Why you’ll love it: Having cooked quinoa in the freezer is a food prepping trick that saves you a ton of time and enables you to make quick healthy meals.
How long it takes: half hour
Equipment you’ll need: large covered pan, freezer bags or containers
Servings: makes 9 cups
Can you freeze quinoa?
This has probably become clear to you, since you’re reading this post, but yes, you can! It’s one of my favorite kitchen shortcuts. I don’t ever cook a partial bag of quinoa; I always make the entire thing. It’s so much easier to only do that work once rather than every time you need quinoa for a recipe.
I cook the entire bag, let it cool, and then put it in measured portions in zip-top bags. I flatten them out so they fit nicely in my freezer, label them with the date and quantity, and then freeze until I need them again.
They thaw quickly (especially when they’re flattened out), and they make my life (and yours!) SO MUCH EASIER.
How to Freeze Quinoa
Here’s the quick version. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full run-down.
- Cook quinoa as directed on the package. Keep in mind it about triples in size, so choose a big pot!
- Cool completely. I usually put it in a bowl and toss it in the fridge uncovered so the steam can escape.
- Portion and freeze. I like to freeze in 2 cup portions, but if you have a favorite recipe that takes three cups, or 1, or 10, do that!
- Flatten out the freezer bags and label with contents, quantity, and date. Freeze for up to 10 months.
Can You Freeze Uncooked Grains?
Whole grains tend to spoil faster so it’s a good idea to either refrigerate or freeze them for long term storage. If you buy a large quantity of brown rice, quinoa, farro, etc., freeze the uncooked grains to prolong their shelf life for up to a year.
You can keep cooked quinoa in the freezer for 8 to 10 months, whereas in the fridge, it only lasts about a week.
Take one of the bags of quinoa out of the freezer and let it defrost either in the fridge overnight, or on the counter for a few hours. You can also warm it in the microwave for 45 seconds to a minute, even if it’s still a little frozen! Once it’s thawed, you can use it in any of number of recipes, or season it and eat it as a side dish.
Store cooked quinoa in the fridge, in an airtight container for about a week. Or, as this post directs, freeze in a zip-top bag for up to 10 months.
Cook, cool completely, and freeze in an airtight container or zip-top bag. It’s so easy! This works with quinoa as well as most any other grain (brown rice, white rice, farro, millet, etc.).
Best Quinoa Recipes
Here are some of my faves, but you can see all my quinoa recipes here.
- Vegan Tacos with Roasted Carrots, Mushrooms, and Quinoa (cannot even tell you how much I love these tacos!)
- Instant Pot Chicken and Quinoa – this one is a great quick dinner, dump everything in and let the Instant Pot work its magic!
- Quinoa Pancakes – add extra protein and fiber to your pancakes with quinoa!
- Apple Quinoa Pancakes
- Vegetarian Quinoa Chili with Black Beans
- Quinoa Bowl with Roasted Tomatoes
- Breakfast Quinoa with Chia and Cinnamon
- Vegan Bolognese (its crazy how meat-like this is!)
- 3 cups uncooked quinoa
- 6 cups water
- 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, optional
- Rinse quinoa and cook as directed on package. Typically a 1:3 ratio of uncooked quinoa to water is required.
- If there are no package directions, combine quinoa, water, and salt in a very large pot with a lid. Bring to a boil over high heat. Once it boils, reduce heat to medium low. Keep covered and simmer for 20 minutes or until water is absorbed.
- Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let cool completely.
- Using a measuring cup, scoop 1 or 2 cup portions into freezer bags and label with measurement. Flatten and freeze for up to 10 months.
- You can also make quinoa in your Instant Pot!
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.
Post updated October, 2019.