Quinoa in the Instant Pot

Quinoa in the Instant Pot

Quinoa in the Instant Pot is awesome for meal prepping. The cooking process isn’t necessarily faster than using the stove top, but the method is very hands-off, letting you do other things around your house while the quinoa cooks to perfection.
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa , rinsed
  • 1 cup water
Directions:
Method #1: Rice Setting
  1. Combine the quinoa and water in the Instant Pot and secure the lid, making sure that the lever on top of the lid is turned to the “sealed” position. Press the RICE button, or manually set the pressure cooker to cook for 12 minutes on low-pressure.

  2. When the cooking is complete, quickly release the pressure by turning the lever on top of the lid to “vent.” (Make sure your hand isn’t directly over the vent so you don’t get burned by the steam!) Remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Serve warm.

Method #2: 1-Minute High Pressure
  1. Alternatively, you can combine the quinoa and water in the Instant Pot and secure the lid, making sure that the lever on top of the lid is turned to the “sealed” position. Manually set the pressure cooker to cook on high-pressure for 1 minute.

  2. When the cooking is done, allow the lid and vent to stay closed for at least 10 minutes, to let the pressure naturally release. This lets the quinoa steam inside. After the pressure has released, be sure to turn the lever on the lid to the “venting” position to release any remaining steam, then remove the lid and fluff with a fork. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

You can double or triple this recipe without changing the cooking time. The only thing that will change is that the pot will take longer to pressurize, so the overall time will be slightly longer because of that.