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How to Make Crispy Quinoa

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If you’re looking for a high-protein, high-fiber addition to your meals that’s full of great texture, let me introduce you to crispy quinoa.

Crispy quinoa is easy to make, full of protein and fiber, has a delightful texture, and is incredibly versatile.

Crispy quinoa is made by taking cooked quinoa, drizzling it with oil (I prefer extra virgin olive oil), and roasting it in the oven until it becomes golden and crispy. It’s important to make sure the cooked quinoa is mostly dry before roasting it, which you can do by letting it cook and cool completely.

I generally make my crispy quinoa plain, but you can create various savory and sweet variations of crispy quinoa with endless flavor combinations to jazz up your home cooking.

Think of crispy quinoa as a blank canvas that can be added to any meal. You can sprinkle sweet crispy quinoa on top of breakfast bowls or use savory crispy quinoa as a topping for soups or salads. The result is light and crunchy, similar to corn nuts but with the added benefit of protein.

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Crispy Quinoa Ingredients

To make crispy quinoa, you’ll need the following basic ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (yes, it needs to be already cooked and cooled); learn how to make quinoa here
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or your preferred cooking oil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt (I use Real Salt), or 1/2 tsp Diamond Crystal kosher salt
  • optional, add extra flavor with herbs, chili oil, or a natural sweetener of choice (see ideas below)

Optional Flavor Additions Crispy Quinoa

To add extra flavor to your crispy quinoa, consider using different oils or adding finishing touches during the cooking process. The amount you’ll use will depend on how you want your quinoa to taste, start small and add more as needed.

Here are some options:

  • Infused extra virgin olive oil (such as garlic oil, herb oil or chili oil)
  • Za’atar seasoning
  • Dried herbs or spices such as thyme, coriander, cumin, or oregano
  • Balsamic glaze
  • Hot honey
  • Lemon juice
  • Maple syrup
  • Cinnamon and baking spices

Feel free to get creative and experiment with different flavors!

Here are my top quinoa recipes if you need some inspiration for your crispy quinoa.

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Quinoa is high in protein and fiber, and adding crispy quinoa to any meal is a great way to add fun texture and flavor to your dish.


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (it needs to be already cooked and cooled, and mostly dry)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or your preferred cooking oil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt (I use Real Salt), or 1/2 tsp Diamond Crystal kosher salt

optional, add extra flavor with herbs, chili oil, or a natural sweetener of choice (see ideas in notes)


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine cooked quinoa with extra virgin olive oil, and salt then mix well.
  3. Spread the quinoa on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer. Bake at 375°F for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  4. If adding an optional flavoring, add in the last 10 minutes of baking and toss to coat.
  5. Once golden brown and crispy, remove from the oven.

Serve crispy quinoa as a topping, part of a quinoa bowl, or as a side dish. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.


Notes

Optional additions:

  • Infused extra virgin olive oil (such as garlic oil, herb oil or chili oil)
  • Za’atar seasoning
  • Dried herbs or spices such as thyme, coriander, cumin, or oregano
  • Balsamic glaze
  • Hot honey
  • Lemon juice
  • Maple syrup
  • Cinnamon and baking spices

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