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

Prep Time: 0 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
A foolproof method for making quinoa in the Instant Pot for salads, bowls and more.


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


  • 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.



Refrigerate for 3 to 5 days.


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