Can you freeze cooked quinoa? Short answer: YES. Read on to find out more about how and why you should freeze cooked quinoa.

Cooked quinoa, in a bowl, and in a quart size freezer bag, labeled and dated.

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.

Tip: You can also freeze any uncooked grains, and it will prolong their shelf life. 

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, 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.

  1. Cook quinoa as directed on the package. Keep in mind it about triples in size, so choose a big pot!
  2. Cool completely. I usually put it in a bowl and toss it in the fridge uncovered so the steam can escape.
  3. 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!
  4. Flatten out the freezer bags and label with contents, quantity, and date. Freeze for up to 10 months or until it looks freezer burnt.

Cooked quinoa in a bowl


How long can you keep cooked quinoa in the freezer?

You can keep cooked quinoa in the freezer for 8-10 months, whereas in the fridge, it only lasts about a week.

How do you reheat frozen quinoa?

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.

How do you store leftover quinoa?

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.

How do you freeze grains?

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.

Cooked quinoa ready to be frozen for storage.

Best Quinoa Recipes:

Here are some of my faves, but you can see all my quinoa recipes here.

Cooked quinoa, in a bowl and in a quart size freezer bag labeled and dated.

How to Freeze Quinoa

Yield: 9 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Can you freeze cooked quinoa? Short answer: YES. Read on to find out more about how and why you should freeze cooked quinoa.


  • 3 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, optional


  1. Rinse quinoa and cook as directed on package. Typically a 1:3 ratio of uncooked quinoa to water is required.
  2. 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.
  3. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let cool completely.
  4. Using a measuring cup, scoop 1-2 cup portions into freezer bags and label with measurement. Flatten and freeze for up to 10 months.


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 104Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 181mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 4g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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Post updated October, 2019. For fun, here’s the old photo:


Cooked quinoa in two quart size freezer bags, labeled and dated.