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Easy Instant Pot Quinoa Recipe

Our Instant Pot quinoa recipe only uses 3 ingredients and is done in minutes. Quinoa in a pressure cooker doesn’t get any easier than this!

There are times when Kim and I don’t feel like standing in the kitchen to cook. That’s why we bought a pressure cooker.

However, sometimes it can be difficult to find dependable recipes for wholesome meals.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy cheesy chicken and rice just as much as anyone else. But, I don’t want to eat a heavy dish for every meal.

That’s why we decided to share our Instant Pot quinoa recipe. It’s light, fluffy and pairs perfectly with baked chicken or grilled fish.

All you need in order to make quinoa in the Instant Pot is a pressure cooker, water or broth, and salt.

Two white bowls of Instant Pot quinoa.
Here’s a dinner idea, you can serve this quinoa with chili lime grilled chicken!

How to make our Instant Pot Quinoa Recipe?

First, place the stainless steel liner into the pressure cooker. Next, pour in the quinoa, water (or broth), and a pinch of salt.

A top-down view of the quinoa, water, and salt in the liner.
Make sure to put the liner into the pressure cooker before adding the quinoa, broth, and salt.

Next, close the valve and place the lid onto the machine. Lock it into place and press the high pressure/manual cook button.

Set the cook time for 1 minute. Then, once the timer goes off allow for a 10 minute natural release.

Afterward, use a kitchen towel to carefully open the valve to release the rest of the pressure.

The quinoa has cooked and is ready to serve.
Also, be sure to fluff the grain once it’s done cooking!

Last, take the lid off the Instant Pot and use a spoon or knife to fluff the quinoa.

That’s it, your pressure cooker quinoa recipe is done! You can store the leftovers in a sealed container, in your fridge for up to 3 days.

Kim and I hope you enjoy the recipe and wish you all the best 🙂 Try our sausage and veggies stir fry with quinoa for a twist on the classic!

The two serving bowls filled with cooked quinoa.
Try quinoa in place of rice when making stir fry or beef and broccoli.

What can I add to quinoa for flavor?

Well, there are number of options you can choose. Try seasoning blends like: Italian seasoning, lemon pepper, chili lime, or even build your own custom blends.

You can also use beef, chicken, or vegetable broth as cooking liquids to add a ton of flavor to the grain.

A close-up shot of the finished quinoa.
Look how light and fluffy the quinoa cooked up in the pressure cooker.
Yield: 4 Servings

Instant Pot Quinoa Recipe

A close-up shot of the finished quinoa.

Our Instant Pot quinoa recipe only uses 3 ingredients and is done in minutes. Quinoa in a pressure cooker doesn't get any easier than this!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Come to Pressure and Natural Release 15 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes


  • 1 Cup Quinoa
  • 1 1/4 Cups Water, (or broth)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt


  1. Place the quinoa, liquid, and salt into the stainless steel liner of the Instant Pot. Close the lid, and ensure the valve is set to “sealing.” Press the manual (pressure cook) button and adjust the time to 1 minute.
  2. After the time is up, allow the Instant Pot to complete a natural release for 10 minute before opening the valve to release any remaining pressure. Open the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork.
  3. Serve the quinoa as a side with your favorite entree. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa. Actual calories will vary. 

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

0.5 Cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 151mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gProtein: 6g

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