With an Instant Pot and about 20 minutes, you can make fluffy, PERFECT quinoa every time! Let us show you how.
Instant Pot Quinoa
We love cooking quinoa in the Instant Pot because it’s fast, fluffy, hands-off, and never mushy!
Here’s what you need to know:
Ratio = 1 part quinoa : 1 ½ parts waterCook Time = 3 minutesRelease = 10 minute natural release, then release any remaining pressure
It goes well in stir fries, fried “rice,” zucchini fritters, vegan sausage, vegan meatballs, or as a side to nearly any main. It’s an incredibly versatile and protein-rich grain!
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Instant Pot Quinoa (Fluffy, Perfect, No Soaking!)
A quick & simple method for making PERFECT quinoa in the Instant Pot every time! Just 1 ingredient and about 20 minutes required! Print SAVE SAVED
Prep Time 18 minutes Cook Time 3 minutes Total Time 21 minutes Servings 4 (~3/4-cup servings)Course Helpful How-to, Side DishCuisine Gluten-Free, VeganFreezer Friendly 1 monthDoes it keep? 5 Daysfrom votes
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US Customary – Metric1 cup quinoa1 ½ cups water (or vegetable broth for more flavor)
Add quinoa and water (or vegetable broth) to the Instant Pot and stir to prevent sticking. Pressure cook on high for 3 minutes (it will take about 8 minutes for the Instant Pot to pressurize before cooking begins).Once the timer goes off, allow to naturally release for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure. Carefully remove lid once steam has fully escaped.Enjoy immediately in stir fries, fried “rice”, zucchini fritters, vegan sausage, vegan meatballs, or as a side to nearly any main. Store cooled leftovers in the refrigerator up to 5 days or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat in a skillet on the stovetop, adding oil or coconut aminos, as needed, to prevent sticking.
*Total time includes active cook time, release time, and the time it takes for the Instant Pot to heat up (~8 minutes).
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)
Serving: 1 three-quarter-cup serving Calories: 156 Carbohydrates: 27.3 g Protein: 6 g Fat: 2.6 g Saturated Fat: 0.3 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.4 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.69 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 2 mg Potassium: 239 mg Fiber: 3 g Sugar: 2.6 g Vitamin A: 5.95 IU Vitamin C: 0 mg Calcium: 19.98 mg Iron: 1.94 mg