Simple Fermented Quinoa

Fermenting quinoa improves the nutritional value by breaking down complex carbs and increasing the availability of protein.

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Fermented quinoa is rich, tangy and delicious. It’s a great way to increase the nutritional value and get a dose of probiotics at the same time! See section above for five different serving suggestions.


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  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups of water (for cooking)
  • 1 cup cultured beverage (see notes)


  1. Place the quinoa in 2 cups of water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes, until all the water has been absorbed.
  2. Move to a glass container and allow to cool to room temperature (about 3 to 4 hours). When it is cool to touch, stir in the probiotic culture.
  3. Leave the quinoa out on the counter to ferment for 12-24 hours.
  4. Move to the refrigerator for storage, and eat within 1 week.


  • Though presoaking and rinsing aren’t always necessary, some quinoa is particularly bitter from the saponins that coat the grains. So I always presoak quinoa to improve digestibility.
  • Feel free to use any culture beverages you have on hand. I particularly like yogurt for cereals and puddings (vegan or dairy). Kombucha and cultured cider vinegar are delicious in savory dishes.