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Instant Pot Quinoa

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.
Servings 4
Total Time 17 mins



  • 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.
    quinoa ingredients
  • Optional - Toast Quinoa: 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).
    Instant Pot Quinoa: toast quinoa in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker until fragrant to maximize flavors and aroma
  • 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.
    With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position.
    Pressure Cooking Method:
    Toasted Quinoa: Pressure Cook at High Pressure 0 minute, then 10 minutes Natural Release
    Non-Toasted Quinoa: Pressure Cook at High Pressure 0 minute, then 12 minutes Natural Release
    After natural releasing, turn the Venting Knob to the Venting position to release the remaining pressure. Open the lid carefully.
    quinoa in instant pot
  • Serve Quinoa: Fluff quinoa & serve. You can use quinoa as a side dish, toss into your salads or soups. Enjoy~
    cooking quinoa in instant pot


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Author: Amy + Jacky
Calories: 196kcal


Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2.1mg