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Perfect Quinoa in the Instant Pot

Are you new to the world of quinoa (KEEN-wah)? This seed is prepared and eaten similar to a grain. It has a subtle nutty taste and can be used in baking or as a breakfast grain. It is gluten free, contains large amounts of flavonoids, is high in fiber, protein, and has a low glycemic index. Check out all the health benefits of this little powerhouse seed (

Preparing quinoa in the Instant Pot is quick and easy. Perfectly cooked quinoa in just a few minutes!

Try out some of these recipes with your Quinoa! Click to name to see recipes: Italian Quinoa Salad or Quinoa Black Bean Salad or  Cheesy Spinach, Quinoa and Potato Bake.


1 teaspoon sesame oil or avocado oil

1 cup quinoa, rinsed

1 1/2 cups water

1 pinch of salt, optional

Rinse quinoa with cold water in a fine mesh strainerrinsing quinoa It is important to rinse quinoa to remove the bitter saponin coating on its outer hull. Avoid soaking quinoa so the saponins can’t leach into the seeds.

Pour oil in the Instant Pot to coat the bottom. Place rinsed quinoa and 1-1/2 cups of water in the Instant Pot. Lock the lid and set steam valve to “sealing” position. Select the “manual” button and set for 1 minute using the +/- button.  Allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes. Move valve to “venting” position to release any remaining pressure. 

instant pot quinoa Fluff quinoa with a fork and serve.

Makes 3 cups


This Instant Pot Quinoa recipe can easily be doubled and frozen for later use. Add to soups, stir-fries or use in place of rice in your favorite dish.

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