How to Make Quinoa in the Instant Pot

Cooking quinoa in the Instant Pot is an easy way to meal-prep food for the whole week! All you do is let the pressure build up and then set your Instant Pot for 5 minutes. Meal-prep quinoa in the Instant Pot for buddha bowls, soups, or salads all week long! You just can’t beat it!

Finished quinoa with an instant pot in the background

You guys, you know that we love quinoa on Team Fit Foodie. You also know that we love Instant Pot recipes (check out our 42 Healthy Instant Pot Recipes you need your life), so we thought–> why the heck don’t we combine the two? Here you have it, How to Cook Quinoa in the Instant Pot!

When doing a bit of research, there were many tutorials on how to cook quinoa, rice, couscous, and other grains in the Instant Pot. We decided to test as many different ways as possible. You guys, there are so many different avenues you can take when cooking quinoa in the Instant Pot, it all depends on how YOU like to do it.

In the Fit Foodie Kitchen, we like to generally do a quick release for all of our Instant Pot recipes (instant gratification, people). We like to adjust the cook time and make sure that it aligns with a quick release. Aside from the quick release feature, we focused on two variables when testing the recipe; 1. cook time and 2. the water to quinoa ratio.

Some people like to use the rice cooking feature on the Instant Pot, some like a gradual natural release, and some people stick with the 1:1 ratio of water to quinoa. We found that cooking the quinoa for 5 minutes at a 2:1 ration worked perfectly!

Tips for Cooking Quinoa in the Instant Pot

  • Rinse your quinoa before cooking
  • Make sure your vent is turned to ‘seal’ instead of ‘vent’ before setting your instant pot
  • Use broth instead of water for extra flavor
  • Set your pressure to ‘high pressure’ instead of ‘low pressure’

Trust me, you will love cooking quinoa in the instant pot. Prep is easy and clean-up is a breeze! We love cooking quinoa in the instant pot because it is great for meal prep. Feel free to serve your quinoa alongside any of our other delicious Instant Pot Recipes like this Korean Beef or Moroccan Chicken!

Uncooked quinoa in a measuring cup pouring water into instant pot.
Recipe

How to Make Quinoa in the Instant Pot

Cooking quinoa in the Instant Pot is an easy way to meal-prep food for the whole week! All you do is let the pressure build up and then set your Instant Pot for 5 minutes. Meal-prep quinoa in the Instant Pot for buddha bowls, soups, or salads all week long! You just can’t beat it!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
Author: Lee Hersh
Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

  1. Prepare quinoa by placing it in a sieve and rinsing it under cold water.
  2. Shake the water out of quinoa and place into the instant pot.
  3. Add water to the instant pot, close and lock the cover. Turn to pressure valve to ‘seal’.
  4. Press Manual and set pressure to ‘high pressure’. Set timer to 5 minutes.
  5. Pressure will build and the timer will start counting down.
  6. When the timer goes off, switch the pressure valve to vent for a quick release. Steam will pour out of the vent, so be sure stay clear of the vent!
  7. Open the top of the instant pot and enjoy the quinoa!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup cooked
  • Calories: 180
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 1
  • Fat: 3
  • Carbohydrates: 32
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 7
Cooked quinoa

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