Instant Pot Quinoa


This quinoa comes quickly in the Instant Pot and can be served with lunch or dinner. You can even prepare a big batch of Instant Pot Quinoa in a meal prep so you will have it on hand all week to serve it with your dishes.

Quinoa is one of the most popular healthy foods in the world and you can enjoy it using this pressure cooker quinoa recipe which is totally oil free!

Quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain the nine essential amino acids.

It’s also rich in fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants. That’s what I call a superfood !

If you are into healthy grains, try this Instant Pot farro.

Do I have to rinsed quinoa?

Yes. Before starting with the recipe, just rinse the quinoa thoroughly under cold water until the water is clear. The seeds are pretty small, so use a fine mesh strainer to avoid losing any.

Rinsing helps to remove saponin, a bitter-tasting compound which forms a coating around each seed.

Can I double the recipe?

You can double up this dish easily: Just use 2 quinoa cups and 2 water cups and follow the same recipe:

Cook for 4 minutes and then do a quick pressure release.

How long can you keep leftover quinoa?

You can save the quinoa in the fridge for up to 3 days in a airtight container.

How to Cook Red Quinoa in the Instant Pot

Exactly the same. 1:1 water/quinoa ratio. 4 minutes of high pressure cooking and then a quick pressure release. Here’s red quinoa I made using the same instructions. I added fresh Mushrooms and it turns out great:

What can I use instead of water?

I like the natural taste, but feel free to add chicken stock instead of water

Recommended spices for Instant Pot Quinoa

You can add cumin or turmeric for a great taste!

Instant Pot Quinoa
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coarse quinoa, Quinoa
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 4
  • 1 cup quinoa rinsed
  • 1 cup water
  • salt and paper to taste
  • Add all the ingredients to the Instant Pot and stir a bit.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes.
  • When the cook time is complete, do a quick pressure release (move the valve to the venting position).
  • Open the lid, fluff quinoa with fork and enjoy!
Calories: 156kcal Carbohydrates: 27g Protein: 6g Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 5mg Potassium: 239mg Fiber: 3g Vitamin A: 6IU Calcium: 22mg Iron: 2mg


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