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Instant Pot Quinoa

With it's one minute cook time and foolproof results, making quinoa in the Instant Pot will be your new go-to for healthy meal prep and delicious side dish options!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Pressurize and Pressure Release 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 178kcal


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup chicken stock or veggie broth if vegetarian


  • Add quinoa and stock to pressure cooker and stir
  • Cover, set pressure cooker to seal and set to high pressure for 1 minute
  • Pressure cooker will read "on" until it reaches pressure, then timer will start
  • Once cooking completed, timer will start counting up (this is the natural pressure release time)
  • Allow 10 minutes for natural pressure release, then you can turn valve to release and wait for pin to drop before removing lid
  • Stir to fluff before serving


  1. determine if your quinoa has been pre-rinsed by reading the package, if not you will need to rinse well using a colander
  2. you can double or triple the recipe by measuring equal amounts of quinoa and liquid
  3. pressure cooker display will read "ON" as it comes to pressure. Actual cooking begins when timer starts to count down.
  4. once cooking is completed, display will read L0:00 then the timer will start counting up.  Do not remove the lid from a pressure cooker until the valve as dropped.  This will happen naturally by waiting about 15 minutes or can be done via quick release by turning the valve.
  5. You can easily freeze cooked quinoa by portioning into individual serving sizes.  Store in zipper bags or airtight containers in the freezer.
  6. If needed, you can sub water for the broth/stock in this recipe.


Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2mg