Perfect Instant Pot Quinoa

by lydia on August 2, 2016

You want to put healthy, easy meals on the table and I want to help you to do just that. You can make dinner so fast with an Instant Pot. Gathering new recipes to use in your Instant Pot can take a little time when you are getting started [check out my Instant Pot board on Pinterest ]. But, once you get some of the basics under your belt, you’ll be a whizz in the kitchen. Quinoa is one idea for a side dish that whips up faster than it will take you to read this whole post.


Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a delightful complex carbohydrate choice that does not end up on the dinner table very often in our culture. It comes from the Andes Mountains in South America and is actually a seed, not a grain like many would think. For those of you enjoying a gluten-free diet or reducing actual grains, this ‘pseudo-grain’ is one you may want to get more familiar with.

Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids; it’s also a great source of manganese, phosphorous, potassium and magnesium. It has a fabulous unique texture and partners well with many dishes. Personally, I am a big fan!


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Perfect Instant Pot Quinoa
Recipe type: Side Dish
  • 2 cups quinoa (any color)
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 3 cups chicken broth or water
  • Juice of one lemon
  • *Optional: handful of minced fresh herbs of your choice
  1. Rinse the quinoa well. Optimally, soak it overnight in filtered water with a tablespoon of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, then strain. This step will help you to digest the quinoa better.
  2. Add the quinoa, lemon juice, salt, broth, and herbs, if using, to your Instant Pot insert.
  3. Close and lock the lid. Press [Manual] and then use the [-] button to choose 1 minute of pressure cooking time.
  4. When the time is up allow it to go for 10 minutes more. Release pressure valve, open and serve.

*If you do not have an Instant Pot yet, here are basic stove top directions for how to make quinoa.*

Quinoa is so versatile. It’s great in pilafs or for creating grain-based salads (like this grilled chicken quinoa salad with fresh herbs and goat cheese). Personally, I adore it, however, my kids are not sold on it yet, but I’ll keep trying anyway. Saving it for just my lunches is one solution to enjoy it more frequently.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy quinoa?


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linda spiker August 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm

I love quinoa but haven’t made it in the IP yet! Pinned.

lydia August 9, 2016 at 7:09 pm

Oh it’s so easy and fast – you will love it!

Emily @ Recipes to Nourish August 9, 2016 at 9:02 pm

So cool! I LOVE my Instant Pot but haven’t tried making quinoa yet. Love how fast this is!

lydia August 10, 2016 at 12:14 pm

Makes you wanna use quinoa more often right Emily 😉

Megan Stevens August 10, 2016 at 10:28 am

Pinning this! I *love* that you teach the soaking step. :) And it looks perfect. Thanks.

Maya | Wholesome Yum August 13, 2016 at 3:38 pm

I love simple recipes like this. Thanks for another idea for my Instant Pot!

lydia August 14, 2016 at 1:18 pm

Me to – and you’re welcome!

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