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Instant Pot Quinoa – Learn how to make quinoa, quickly and easily, right in your pressure cooker with this failproof recipe! Totally no-fuss and frees up space on the stove!


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  • 1 cup dried quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 1/21 3/4 cups water
  • generous pinch of mineral salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, optional


Prep: Rinse quinoa using a fine mesh strainer under cool running water.

Pressure cook:

  • Place the quinoa, water, and any seasonings in the bottom of the Instant Pot insert. Attach lid, turning to the locked position.
  • Set the valve to SEALING.
  • Set to HIGH pressure and manually set to 1 minute cook time.
  • Let natural release for 12 – 15 minutes.
  • Fluff with a fork and let rest a few minutes.

Makes about 3 cups, serving 6 at 1/2 cup per serving

Store: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 – 6 days. For longer storage, keep in the freezer for up to 2 – 3 months. Let thaw before using.


Cooking time reflects the Instant Pot coming to pressure for 7 minutes, cooking 1 minute, and natural release for 12 – 15 minutes.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT: I use this Instant Pot, and for storing and keeping warm this glass instant pot lid is perfect (affiliate links).