How To Make Perfect Quinoa in the Instant Pot

A foolproof method for making perfect, fluffy quinoa in the Instant Pot for adding to salads, bowls and so much more.

A foolproof method for making perfect, fluffy quinoa in the Instant Pot for adding to salads, bowls and so much more.
Perfect Instant Pot Quinoa

I posted this Black Bean Mango Quinoa Salad this week and thought I would share my favorite way to make perfectly fluffy, never mushy or sticky quinoa. I love my Instant Pot, and have many other simple Instant Pot recipes that are helpful for meal prep such as Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs, and Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats to name a few!

A foolproof method for making perfect, fluffy quinoa in the Instant Pot for adding to salads, bowls and so much more.

Most often if you follow the directions on a box of quinoa, the results are mushy and undesirable. I have been making quinoa for years and always use less water, but once I started testing it in the Instant Pot, it became my preferred cooking method.

Making quinoa in the Instant Pot is quick, it only takes 2 minutes with pressure, then 10 minutes to let the pressure release. I’ve tested this with tricolor and red quinoa, which are my favorite colors when adding to salads and bowls as the texture is firmer and has more of a bite.

If you want to make white quinoa, you may want a little more liquid to give it more of a rice texture, I usually use 1 2/3 cups but you can experiment to see what works best for your taste.

How To Make Instant Pot Quinoa

How to take the bitterness out of quinoa

Rinsing the quinoa with water removes it’s natural coating, called saponin, which can make it taste bitter or soapy. Some boxed quinoa comes pre-rinsed, although it doesn’t hurt to give the seeds an additional rinse.

A foolproof method for making perfect, fluffy quinoa in the Instant Pot for adding to salads, bowls and so much more.A foolproof method for making perfect, fluffy quinoa in the Instant Pot for adding to salads, bowls and so much more.

A foolproof method for making perfect, fluffy quinoa in the Instant Pot for adding to salads, bowls and so much more.

A foolproof method for making perfect, fluffy quinoa in the Instant Pot for adding to salads, bowls and so much more.

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A foolproof method for making perfect, fluffy quinoa in the Instant Pot for adding to salads, bowls and so much more.
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How To Make Perfect Quinoa in the Instant Pot

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81 Cals 3 Protein 15 Carbs 1.5 Fats
Prep Time: 0 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Yield: 6
COURSE: Side Dish
CUISINE: American
A foolproof method for making quinoa in the Instant Pot for salads, bowls and more.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, red or tricolor
  • 1 1/2 cups liquid, water, vegetable or chicken broth

Instructions

  • Rinse the quinoa under cold running water to remove quinoa's natural coating, called saponin, which can make it taste bitter or soapy. Some boxed quinoa is often pre-rinsed, it doesn't hurt to give the seeds an additional rinse.
  • Add quinoa and liquid to the Instant Pot. Turn valve to sealing.
  • Cover and cook 2 minutes on high pressure and then let pressure release naturally, about 10 minutes.
  • Fluff with a fork then set aside to cool.

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Notes

Refrigerate for 3 to 5 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/2 cup, Calories: 81kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 1.5g, Sodium: 5mg, Fiber: 1.5g
Blue Smart Points: 3
Green Smart Points: 3
Purple Smart Points: 0
Points +: 2
Keywords: how to make quinoa in the instant pot, instant pot quinoa, simple quinoa recipe

Photo credit: Jess Larson 

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25 comments

  1. I followed the recipe exactly and the result was perfectly cooked quinoa. Thank you so much!

  2. This is the only way I cook quinoa now. It comes out perfect everytime!

  3. Worked like a charm. I had regular quinoa, and used the 1.5 cup water and it was perfect. (Makes a lot, at least 3 cups worth,) and will be able to use it in a variety of ways. Love the ease of using the pressure cooker. Thank you.

  4. This looks great. I’m making your Southwestern Black Bean, Quinoa and Mango Salad; 12 servings. It will need 2 cups cooked quinoa. What is the yield of cooked in this recipe? Thanks very much. 

  5. When following this recipe, using tri-color quinoa, it had too much liquid and definitely was not fluffy.  Any recommendations?  I followed the recipe exactly.  I have had great luck with white quinoa in my instapot…turns out fabulous.  I have attempted the tri-color quinoa in the instapot twice now and can’t get it to come out right.  

    • Interesting, that is usally what I do although the texture is def different than white. I like to use this in salads where I don’t want the grains sticking together.

  6. This recipe worked like a charm. I forgot about and came back 20 minutes batter it was done and it was perfect. Thanks.

  7. What is the recipe for the photo that is shown ABOVE the “MORE QUINOA RECIPES” — it has corn and cilantro and beans — looks delicious!

    • https://www.skinnytaste.com/southwestern-black-bean-quinoa-and/

      I was so curious too. Took some digging, but I found it!

  8. How about a recipe if you don’t own a instapot?

  9. Hello! Which brand of Instapot do your suggest? Thanks! 🙂

  10. I have the 8 qt. DUO Instant Pot and after 2 minutes it was not done, very soupy. I set the program again for 2 minutes and released the pressure after 10 minutes, it was then cooked properly. I suggest 4 minutes and natural release with this recipe volume of 1 cup quinoa and 1 1/2 cups liquid in the 8 qt. model.

  11. Are you using a full sized instant pot for this quantity? I’m still learning how to use mine and most articles say it needs to have much more in the bowl to achieve pressure.

  12. Just made this and used your directions for white quinoa. Extra liquid. Used vegetable broth and wow, it’s perfect and yummy! Thanks for posting!

  13. After you rinse your quinoa, do you let it sit a bit to drain or do you just toss it right into your pressure cooker? I am just wondering if that water clinging to the quinoa after rinsing has any affect on the final texture.

  14. Hi there, I love many of your recipes, but I am surprised that the first step is not rinsing the quinoa. I find that quinoa tastes much better when it is well rinsed in a fine-mesh strainer. Also, I find that 1 minute in the instant pot is all I need. Maybe because I rinse it.

  15. Thanks so much for these instructions – I’ve been curious (but a little scared) of attempting quinoa in my instant pot for a while now.

    I do have a quick question. How would you recommend scaling up the recipe (e.g. if I wanted to prepare four or six cups of uncooked quinoa)? Thanks!

  16. Do you rinse the quinoa first? I’ve seen other IP recipes that suggest it’s a must – but I trust you more than anyone! 🙂