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Instant Pot Quinoa

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Making quinoa in an Instant Pot is a great way to get a nutritious meal to the table quickly and easily. With just a few simple steps, you can have delicious quinoa ready in no time.

Bowl of cooked quinoa.

Many believe that quinoa is a healthy grain, but in reality what most people eat is the seed of a quinoa plant that has an earthy flavor. It is high in protein, fiber, and minerals. It’s also naturally gluten-free, making it a great option for those with dietary restrictions.

Quinoa made in a pressure cooker is incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes. It can be served as a side dish, added to salads, or used as the base for a main course. Quinoa is also great for meal prepping since it can be cooked ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This recipe yields perfectly cooked quinoa every time. No more worrying about undercooked or overcooked grains!
  • This Instant Pot quinoa recipe requires minimal ingredients. All you need is quinoa, water, and a pinch of salt. The pressure cooker does all the work for you, so all you have to do is set it and forget it!
  • You can use cooked quinoa to make grain bowls, for meal prepping, in salads, or as a side dish. It’s also great for adding texture and flavor to soups, stews, and casseroles. It can even be used to make a breakast porridge.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ Cups White Quinoa
  • 2 ¼ cups  Vegetable Broth or water
  • 1½ Teaspoon Salt, optional
Bowls of broth and quinoa and a measuring spoon of salt.

Directions

Making quinoa in an Instant Pot is incredibly easy and fast. Let’s look at how it is made.

To get started, add the quinoa to the Instant Pot along with water or broth.

Next, seal the lid, place the pressure valve in the sealing position, and set the Instant Pot to “Manual ” or “Pressure Cook” mode. Set the timer for one minute and let the Instant Pot do its work.

Once the timer goes off, allow the pressure to naturally release for 15 minutes before manually releasing any remaining pressure. Open the lid and fluff quinoa with a fork.

Cooked quinoa in a pressure cooker bowl.

Your quinoa is now ready to be served! Enjoy it as a side dish.

Tips

  • You can use the type of quinoa you prefer. As long as it’s not one of those rice and quinoa mixtures, and is just quinoa, this recipe will be perfect.
  • Before using it you can rinse it if you would like, but it is not necessary. If you do, use a fine mesh strainer and shake off the excess water or broth.
  • You can swap out the vegetable broth for any broth you prefer, or just water will do great as well. Note, changing the broth can alter the taste of the finished quinoa.
  • The actual cooking time is 1 minute, but I always include the pressurizing and release time into the cooking time. Don’t set your pot for 23 minutes of cooking time, total, or you’ll ruin your yummy quinoa!
  • This is great for a base recipe when making any kind of quinoa. Add more spices, protein, etc. to make it a full meal, or just use it as a side.
  • Using broth will help to add extra flavor to quinoa.
Bowl of quinoa and an Instant Pot.

Storage

Store cooked quinoa in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. You can store it in a freezer bag in the freezer for up to 6 months. For best results, use within 2 months.

More Instant Pot Recipes

Simplify your life and put America’s favorite pressure cooker to good use. We’ve got Instant Pot recipes that you will enjoy, such as our copycat Wendy’s Chili, Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings, Black-Eyed Peas, and Hard Boiled Eggs.

Cooked quinoa topped with parsley.

Instant Pot Quinoa

If you’re looking for some of the quickest quinoa you’ve ever cooked, use your instant pot! This recipe cooks up in just minutes and makes perfect, fluffy quinoa every time.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: South American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 1 minute
Pressurizing and Natural Release: 20 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 193kcal

Equipment

  • 6-Quart Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ Cups Quinoa
  • 2 ¼ cups Vegetable broth or water
  • ½ teaspoon Salt optional

Instructions

  • Add the quinoa to Instant Pot along with water or broth.
  • Seal the lid, place the pressure valve in the sealing position, and set the Instant Pot to “Manual ” or “Pressure Cook” mode. Set the timer for one minute
  • Once the timer goes off, allow the pressure to naturally release for 15 minutes before manually releasing any remaining pressure. Open the lid and fluff quinoa with a fork.

Notes

  • You can use the type of quinoa you prefer. As long as it’s not one of those rice and quinoa mixtures, and is just quinoa, this recipe will be perfect.
  • You can swap out the vegetable broth for any broth you prefer, or just water will do great as well. Make note, changing the broth can alter the taste of the finished quinoa. Using broth will help to add extra flavor to the quinoa.
  • The actual cooking time is 1 minute, but I always include the pressurizing and release time into the cooking time. Don’t set your pot for 23 minutes of cooking time, total, or you’ll ruin your yummy quinoa!
  • This is great for a base recipe when making any kind of quinoa. Add more spices, protein, etc. to make it a full meal, or just use it as a side. 
  • Nutrition information is an estimation and was calculated with quinoa + vegetable stock.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 658mg | Potassium: 287mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 232IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg
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