David Lynch’s Quinoa Recipe

A while back, my friend Brandon told me about a video of David Lynch making quinoa.  He had seen it as a special feature on a DVD of one of Lynch’s films, but I was able to find it on YouTube.  If you like David Lynch, you will enjoy this.

I had been meaning to try this recipe for a while.  I finally made it last night, and really enjoyed it.  This is definitely a “bachelor” recipe, but that’s what I like about it.  It makes enough for one person.  It’s simple, tasty, and fairly nutritious, although pretty high in sodium.  You could change that by subbing homemade broth for the bouillon or omitting the salt/Braggs.  That, of course, is the beauty of cooking at home.  You could also add other veggies or proteins.  Pine nuts or tofu cubes would be good.  By the way, did anybody else find it hilarious that David Lynch apparently owns neither potholders nor a kitchen timer?

I started by watching the video again and trying to transcribe the recipe.  I had to estimate the amounts.  I decided to add the bouillon BEFORE cooking, although David Lynch added it at the end (I guess that’s what makes him a counterculture icon).

I tested my recipe and then posted it on Food.com so that I could see the nutrition info.  You can view it here:


  • 1/2 cup quinoa: $0.67
  • 1vegetable bouillon cube: $0.38
  • 1 cup broccoli: $0.57
  • 1 teaspoon Braggs liquid aminos: $0.09
  • 1 teaspoonextra virgin olive oil: $0.05


I bought the quinoa and broccoli at Trader Joe’s.  The other ingredients came from the co-op. This will definitely become one of my “pantry staple” recipes: something for which I almost always have almost all of the ingredients on hand.  That way I don’t have to freak out and hit up a drive-thru when I realize that I haven’t planned anything for dinner.  After all, what drive-thru has a nutritious meal for $1.76?

Thank you, David Lynch (and Brandon)!


6 responses to “David Lynch’s Quinoa Recipe

  1. Very cool! I must try this recipe out.

  2. Mmm, that sounds (and looks) so yummy! I have some black quinoa sitting in my pantry begging to be used. This looks like it might just fit the bill. Thanks for sharing! 🙂


  3. you forgot to factor in the cost of the glass of red wine you’re supposed to drink while waiting for the quinoa to cook! If you’re drinking Rex Goliath (economy size bottle) its about a dollar per glass….depending on how high you fill the glass haha

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