Pressure Cooker Quinoa

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Rated 5.0 based on 5 customer reviews
Pressure Cooker Quinoa
Pressure Cooker Quinoa
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  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed until water runs clear
  • 1 cup water
  • salt to taste


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  1. Pour quinoa and water into inner steel pot of pressure cooker; season with salt.
  2. Lock pressure cooker lid in place and set steam vent handle to Sealing.
  3. Select Pressure Cook (Manual) and cook for 1 minute on High pressure. Let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then turn steam vent handle to Venting to quick-release remaining pressure.
Mealthy tip:

Whatever variety of quinoa you have, this recipe will nail the texture every time. There are so many great uses for quinoa. Toast it and sprinkle over salad for a high-protein topping with great texture. Sauté with vegetables and sauce for a new take on stir-fry. Top it with a poached egg for a protein-packed breakfast.


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Paige Allison says:

This was my first item cooked in my new pot and turned out great. I used chicken broth, added salt, pepper and granulated garlic powder. I can’t believe it actually worked! Has anyone tried to double the recipe or use more water or brother to yield more cooked quinoa? Thanks!

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Amy Leuthard says:

I used chicken broth instead of water and it was delicious. This was also my first time making quinoa and it was so easy. Definitely rinse before cooking, I almost missed that tip when reading this and I couldn’t believe how murky the rinse water was.

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Erin Hudson says:

My husband and I have been try to pack more protein into our diets since we have been working out. This quinoa recipe was super easy thanks to the instant pot. paired this dish with pan seared chicken breast with squash and zucchini.

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Melissa P says:

I have so many failed attempts at making quinoa because I’m inpatient and/or walk away while it’s cooking and leave it on too long. This recipe for making it my pressure cooker takes all the guess work out and results in perfect, fluffy quinoa every time. I no longer call it my pressure cooker, I call it my quinoa cooker. Amazing!

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McKenzie C says:

I love quinoa, but when I first started making it I was cooking it all wrong. This pressure cooker version is so quick and easy. Much faster than cooking on the stove top, and with better results. It's never under or over cooked when following this recipe. Thanks so much, Caroline!