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

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 196 kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

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.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  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. 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.

  4. 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 Facts
Instant Pot Quinoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 196 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Sodium 165mg 7%
Potassium 290mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 7g 14%
Calcium 2%
Iron 11.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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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