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Pressure Cooker Quinoa (How to Pressure Cook Quinoa)

Learn how to pressure cook quinoa in less than 15 minutes! When you're looking for a quick and easy way to prepare a side dish that's super versatile with numerous main dishes, this recipe is the way to go!
Prep Time1 min
Manual Release10 mins
Total Time11 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 3 cups
Calories: 209kcal
Author: Anjali Shah



  • Add quinoa to a metal sieve. Run cold water over the quinoa until the water runs clear.
  • Lightly spray instant pot with olive oil cooking spray to coat. This helps keep the quinoa from sticking to the pot, and makes cleanup easier, but it's not necessary.
  • Add the rinsed quinoa, all of the water and pinch of salt to the instant pot.
  • Pressure cook on high pressure for 1 minute. Allow for a natural release for 10 minutes, and then do a quick release / manual release for the remaining pressure.


Expert Tips
  • Rinse quinoa before preparing. It takes away the bitterness.
  • Spray the instant pot with cooking spray. It will keep it from sticking to the pot, and make clean-up easy.
  • Use less water than you would if preparing on the stovetop. The instant pot doesn't have as much evaporation, so using less water takes this into consideration.
  • Add a pinch of salt if using water.
  • Try different types of broth for more flavor.
  • Quinoa will last in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
  • It will last in the freezer for up to 3 months.



Serving: 1cup | Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 4g