Perfect Quinoa in the Instant Pot

Instant Pot Quinoa – step by step guide to make the perfect quinoa in your Instant Pot each time!

Hands free cooking and super easy! Zero monitoring.

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quinoa cooked in instant pot served in a black bowl with a spoon

As Indians (especially north Indian), I kind of grew up eating wheat and rice as the two main grains. And since it was the same for my husband too, we kind of carried forward the tradition.

But now I am trying to incorporate more grains in our diet. And quinoa has become a regular in my weekly rotation. It’s rich in protein, fiber and nutritious!

Earlier, I wouldn’t make it very often. The reason was not because Sarvesh didn’t like it (well he still isn’t a fan) but mainly because I had to monitor it on stove top and I didn’t like doing it.

But now with my Instant pot, it’s a breeze to make quinoa in no time! The best part? I can walk away from it as the quinoa cooks. No monitoring and I absolutely love that.

These days I make a batch and then store the leftovers in the refrigerator. The cooked quinoa stays well in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. 

It makes my life so much easier!

So when I want to have a healthy lunch, I can just pull out the cooked quinoa from the fridge, add some dressing and enjoy my salad.

It’s great for meal prep. Even though I don’t really meal prep, this is the only thing that I do and it makes me eat a healthier lunch. 

quinoa in instant pot with a spoon

This Instant Pot Quinoa

✓ super easy to make in the IP!

✓ full-proof method which results in perfect quinoa every time

✓ great for meal prep as cooked quinoa stores well in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days

✓ zero monitoring, just add everything to the pot and you’re done!

How to Make Quinoa in the Instant Pot

Start by taking 1 cup (185 grams) of uncooked quinoa in a colander. Rinse under running water for 2 minutes. Rub the quinoa with your hands while rinsing it, this is important so that it doesn’t taste bitter when cooked.

Once rinsed let the water drain completely.

quinoa being rinsed in a colander

Then add the rinsed and drained quinoa to the inner steel pot of your instant pot.

Add 1 1/4 cups (10 oz) water to the pot.

quinoa with water in the instant pot

Close the pot with its lid. Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 1 minute, with the pressure valve in the sealing position. Let the pressure release naturally.

Please note that 1 minute high pressure doesn’t mean that the quinoa cooks in 1 minute! The pot takes time to come to pressure and then also takes time to release pressure naturally.

So it takes around 15 minutes for the quinoa to cook.

hand closing the instant pot with the lid

Once the pressure releases naturally and the pressure pin drops down, unplug the pot. Open the lid and let the quinoa cool down a bit and then fluff with a fork.

The quinoa will get fluffier as it cools down. 

instant pot quinoa being fluffed with a fork

Store cooked quinoa in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Enjoy in salad or with curries/dal!

a bowl of quinoa salad with apples, nuts

Recipes You Can Make With Cooked Quinoa

Quinoa Mango Thai Salad

Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad

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Instant Pot Quinoa

Step by step guide to make the perfect quinoa in the Instant Pot each time!

quinoa cooked in instant pot served in a black bowl with a spoon
Course Sides
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot quinoa
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 156 kcal
Author: Manali
5 from 1 vote
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked, 185 grams
  • 1.25 cups water, 10 oz

Instructions

  1. Start by taking 1 cup (185 grams) of uncooked quinoa in a colander. Rinse under running water for 2 minutes. Rub the quinoa with your hands while rinsing it, this is important so that it doesn't taste bitter when cooked.

    Once rinsed let the water drain completely.

  2. Then add the rinsed and drained quinoa to the inner steel pot of your instant pot.

    Add 1 1/4 cups (10 oz) water to the pot.

  3. Close the pot with its lid. Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 1 minute, with the pressure valve in the sealing position. Let the pressure release naturally.

  4. Please note that 1 minute high pressure doesn't mean that the quinoa cooks in 1 minute! The pot takes time to come to pressure and then also takes time to release pressure naturally. So it takes around 15 minutes for the quinoa to cook.

  5. Once the pressure releases naturally and the pressure pin drops down, unplug the pot. Open the lid and let the quinoa cool down a bit and then fluff with a fork. The quinoa will get fluffier as it cools down.

  6. Store cooked quinoa in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Enjoy in salad or with curries/dal!

Recipe Notes

  1. You may use vegetable broth in place of water to cook the quinoa.
  2. You may also flavor the quinoa with spices like turmeric or add some herbs to it.
  3. The quinoa will get fluffier as it cools down. So just let it cool down and then fluff with a fork.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Quinoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 156 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 239mg7%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 6g12%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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