Instant Pot Quinoa

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Fast & Easy way to cook Fluffy & Tasty Instant Pot Quinoa in 17 mins! Deliciously rich & nutty Supergrain with a slight bite. A simple healthy side dish, salad topping or substitute for rice.

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What is Quinoa?

Quinoa (pronounced: KEEN-wah) is an ancient gluten-free seed that’s been eaten for thousands of years by the Inca Empire.

And it has rapidly become one of the most popular healthy superfoods in recent years.

It’s high in dietary fiber, high-quality protein (more than any other grain), dietary minerals, and antioxidants. It’s also one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids!

There are 3 Main Types of Quinoa: Red Quinoa, Black Quinoa, White Quinoa.

Though it’s not a true grain, it’s prepared and served similar to a grain (i.e. rice). Very versatile, easy to eat, easy to digest, and easy to make. 😀

You can eat it on its own as a side dish, breakfast dish, a substitute for rice (can be used for cooking pilaf!), mix in stews or soups, or toss in salads.

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Instant Pot Quinoa

Fast & Easy way to cook Fluffy & Tasty Instant Pot Quinoa! Deliciously rich & nutty Supergrain with a slight bite. A simple healthy side dish, salad topping or substitute for rice.
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Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total: 17 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 196kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Rinse Quinoa: Most packaged quinoa has been pre-rinsed to remove the saponin to reduce the bitterness. If necessary, give it a quick rinse with cold water, and drain really well.
  • Toast Quinoa (Optional Step): Press the Saute button on Instant Pot, then wait 1 minute. Pour in 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil, then add in the quinoa. Toast the quinoa until fragrant (~2 - 3 mins).
  • Pressure Cook Quinoa: Add in ¼ tsp fine salt + 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock or cold water. Use a wooden spoon to scrub the bottom to make sure no quinoa is stuck to the bottom. Close lid and pressure cook:

    Pressure Cooking Method:
    -Toasted Quinoa: High Pressure 0 minute, then 10 minutes Natural Release
    -Non-Toasted Quinoa: High Pressure 0 minute, then 12 minutes Natural Release
    Release the remaining pressure after the natural release time.

  • Serve Quinoa: Fluff quinoa & serve. You can use quinoa as a side dish, toss into your salads or soups. Enjoy~
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Nutrition:

Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2.1mg
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: South American
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Step-by-Step Instant Pot Quinoa Cooking Guide

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The ingredient list is short for this super healthy quinoa recipe 🙂

Instant Pot Quinoa Recipe Ingredients

1

To Rinse or Not to Rinse


Do we have to rinse Quinoa?

Quinoa has a protective coating called saponin that tastes bitter.

Most packaged quinoa has been pre-rinsed to remove the saponin. So I would recommend looking at the package to see if they instruct you to rinse or not.

For bulk quinoa, rinsing can help remove the saponin to reduce the bitterness.

*Pro Tip: If you’re rinsing the quinoa, be sure to drain really well to not throw off the Water to Quinoa Ratio.

2

Toast Quinoa


This is an optional step, but it will increase the aroma & flavors of the overall dish.

Press the Saute button on Instant Pot, then wait 1 minute.

Instant Pot Quinoa: toast quinoa in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker until fragrant to maximize flavors and aroma

Pour in 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil, then add in the quinoa. Toast the quinoa until fragrant (~2 – 3 mins).

3

Pressure Cook Quinoa


Add in ¼ tsp fine salt + 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock or cold water.

Use a wooden spoon to scrub the bottom to make sure no quinoa is stuck to the bottom.

Instant Pot Quinoa Recipe: deglaze Instant Pot Pressure Cooker by scrubbing bottom of inner pot with wooden spoon

Close the lid with the Venting Knob at the Venting position. Turn the Venting Knob to the Sealing position.

Instant Pot Quinoa Recipe: pressure cook quinoa in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Pressure Cooking Method:

  • Toasted Quinoa: High Pressure 0 minute, then 10 minutes Natural Release
  • Non-Toasted Quinoa: High Pressure 0 minute, then 12 minutes Natural Release

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker High Pressure 0 Minute

After natural releasing, turn the Venting Knob to the Venting Position and release the remaining pressure.

4

Serve Instant Pot Quinoa


Fluff Instant Pot Quinoa & serve. Use it as a side dish, toss into your salads or even soups!

Instant Pot Quinoa: fluff and serve pressure cooker quinoa

Enjoy your Instant Pot Quinoa!~ 🙂

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Sergio
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Sergio

Never cooked or tasted quinoa before. First time cooking it…with my IP and your recipe. I tried the toasted way…and -wow- it turned out PERFECT (sorry for the caps)! Really fluffy & tasty just as you described it! Thank you A+J!!! Greetings from Greece.5 stars

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Lisa
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Lisa

Would this same recipe apply for the red quinoa or the multi colored quinoa? Thank You

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Scott
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Scott

Using this recipe with the pre-toasted option turns out perfectly cooked, ready-to-serve quinoa every time! Thank you, Amy +Jacky.5 stars

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Coral
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Coral

Confused. The recipe states 0 pressure min. The natural release.

Jessica M Hotchkiss
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Jessica M Hotchkiss

I have the crockpot Express pot and I can only go down to 3 mins. That’s it😭😭 trying your recipe right now. Thank you!

joe zinich
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joe zinich

Excellent and easy. Quinoa is going to be used a lot more in my house. so much easier than boiling water on a stove (I like to set and forget which this allows me to do, use time to cut up other vegetables etc.)5 stars

jacob
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jacob

What happens if I want to cook more than 1 cup of quinoa in the instant pot at a time?

For example, 3 cups of quinoa. How long should I set the manual timer for?

Brandie Lamberth
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Brandie Lamberth

Works perfectly every time. Today I plan to experiment with the Better Homes and Garden’s Quinoa with Sausage and peppers recipe. I plan to put everything in the Instant Pot, follow Amy + Jacky’s recipe for Quinoa and see how it turns out. I’m thinking it will work and be so much faster than the slow cooker.5 stars

Floriane
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Floriane

Hi Amy + Jacky, my only feedback is: why didn’t I test it earlier??!! Thank you so much for sharing, it’s another great recipe of yours that works perfectly! 🙂5 stars

carol noel
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carol noel

Thanks!!!! I throw in some handfuls of chopped kale…and serve it hot, with roasted pine nuts and raisins, a ‘blop’ of GOOD Olive oil and cumin. Poached egg on top is great too…..

Ann
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Ann

When you get a chance, please let me know why my quinoa did not cook at all! I redid it on rice (12 mins)… but I don’t know what I did wrong!

I rinsed, did PIP, no go? Was it the PIP?

Diana
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Diana

Hi, Ann—I did that once and discovered that I had to add 1cup water to the IP inner pot in addition to the water in the PIP or it won’t come up to pressure. Hope this helps !
Diana

Zelda
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Zelda

Ann, I follow the recipe in the book that came with the IP. One cup quinoa to 1 1/2 cups water. One minute on high pressure, ten minute natural pressure release, then release any remaining pressure, then fluff. It is perfect every time. For me, I don’t think one cup of water would be enough for a lighter and fluffier quinoa. Maybe more water will yield a quinoa to your liking. (For PIP, assuming there was water in the PIP pot, as well as in the inner pot.)

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