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Perfect Fluffy Instant Pot Quinoa

Perfect fluffy quinoa is so quick and easy to make in the Instant Pot!

Instant Pot Quinoa

Quinoa cooked in the Instant Pot is so quick, easy and turns out perfectly fluffy every time! I mean, the recipe is so simple and basic, just like cooking rice.

There are so many dishes that you can make using quinoa too! Anything that you would use rice for, you can substitute with quinoa.

This Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Quinoa recipe is one of our favorites to make on a night when you need to throw a healthy dinner together quickly.

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Quinoa Black Bean bowl

Cooking liquid ratio for quinoa

The cooking ratio for quinoa to liquid is the same as rice too, 1:1. That means for every cup of quinoa you add an equal cup of liquid of water or broth.

I prefer cooking my quinoa in some chicken broth for more depth and flavor but feel free to use any broth or even water.

If using water, you might enjoy it even more with a little salt added.

Bone broth is an excellent choice to cook with quinoa, packing it full of healing vitamins and minerals with a delicious flavor.

Psst, I have an Instant Pot Bone Broth recipe that’s super easy to make too.

Instant Pot Bone Broth

How to cook perfect fluffy instant pot quinoa

  1. Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh sieve until water runs clear (this removes the bitter flavor).
  2. Add drained quinoa and liquid into the Instant Pot. Stir.
  3. Pressure cook on high for 1 minute followed by a 10 minute natural pressure release.
  4. Quick release any remaining pressure.
  5. Open lid. Fluff quinoa with a fork. Serve and enjoy!

Instant Pot Quinoa with gold measuring spoons with text overlay

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Try this favorite recipe to substitute with quinoa:

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken (sub rice with quinoa)

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

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Instant Pot Quinoa

Perfect fluffy quinoa is so quick and easy to make in the Instant Pot!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Quinoa, Instant Pot, Gluten Free
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Natural Pressure Release 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Instant Pot Creations

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups chicken broth (broth of choice or water)

Instructions

  1. Using a fine mesh sieve, rinse quinoa under water until it runs clear.

  2. Add quinoa and broth or water into Instant Pot. Stir.

  3. Pressure cook on high for 1 minute on high. Natural pressure release for 10 minutes. Quick release any remaining pressure.

  4. Open lid and fluff quinoa with a fork. Serve with your favorite main dish!

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