Cook With Manali's Instant Pot Quinoa

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

Course Sides
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot quinoa
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 156 kcal
Author: Manali
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  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked, 185 grams
  • 1.25 cups water, 10 oz


  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.