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Easy Instant Pot Quinoa

Easy Instant Pot Quinoa is a quick cooking grain (actually a seed). Make a batch of pressure cooker quinoa for meal prep, a quick and healthy side dish.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword how to make pressure cooker quinoa recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 156 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 1 cup Quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 1/4 cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth (or Water)
  • 1/8 tsp Salt


  1. Using a fine mesh strainer, rinse the quinoa very well to remove the bitter taste (caused by naturally occurring saponin).

  2. Add the quinoa, broth/water, and salt to the pot.

  3. Close the lid and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.

  4. Press the Pressure Cook/Manual button or dial, then the +/- button or dial to select 1 minute. High Pressure. The pot will take a few minutes to come to pressure.

  5. When the cook cycle has finished, turn off the pot and let it sit undisturbed for 15 minutes (15 minute natural release). Then turn the steam release knob to the Venting position to release the remaining steam/pressure.

  6. When the pin in the lid drops back down, open the lid.

  7. Fluff the quinoa with a fork.

  8. Serve, or refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Recipe Notes

Cooked quinoa can be frozen. Portion out serving sizes and put in airtight containers. Keeps up to 3 months.