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Instant Pot or Crockpot Perfect Quinoa

How to make the perfect quinoa in your Instant Pot, slow cooker, or on your stove top! Perfectly fluffy every time it’s the best gluten free side dish ever.

instant pot quinoa

This is the perfect quinoa! It can be made sweet or savory in your Instant Pot! A very versatile grain and a great alternative to rice, especially if you’re looking for something that’s naturally gluten free! (originally published 6/18, affiliate links present)

Is quinoa better for you than rice?

With more nutrients than rice, quinoa has three types but we are only speaking about the traditional white variety.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

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  • There is a red and black version too but those take longer to cook and are crunchier than this popular version.

It is said to have more nutrients than traditional white rice + lots of amino acids too so comparing the two quinoa is said and thought to be healthier.

If you haven’t tried it as an alternate it is definitely different but great when included in a casserole such as this one.

Perfect Quinoa

I found that allowing it to sit and fluff up using a natural release of steam, instead of releasing the steam quickly, helps when using your pressure cooker.

Perfect Quinoa 2

I am going to focus on Instant Pot quinoa in this post since that is how I make it primarily, but have included the two other popular methods of cooking it as well in case you haven’t jumped on the pressure cooker band wagon yet. 😉

  • Pressure cooker quinoa literally takes just ONE minute to cook, super quick cook time I know!
  • The trick to making it just right is allowing it to sit for a bit in the high heat once it’s done.

When you allow your Instant Pot to naturally release the steam for about 15 minutes it creates perfectly fluffy quinoa that’s tender and just right served as a side dish or ready for you to add in yummy add ins like fruit and honey!

Quinoa on the stove top

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Add 1 cup white pre rinsed dry quinoa + 2 cups of cold water to a pot first off, then:

  • By the way, you can order it here or in a grocery store next to the grains
    • it is good to rinse the quinoa before adding
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat

Cover the pan with a lid on your pot and simmer.

  • Lower your heat to low
  • Simmer about 10-12 minutes until desired tenderness
    • if doubling you may need to adjust to 15 to 20 minutes cook time
  • Serve in a quinoa salad or 

I’ve heard of some using their rice cooker as an alternative but I haven’t tried that as of yet. Pressure cooker breakfast quinoa is great with fresh fruit too.

Pressure-Cooker-Breakfast-Quinoa

How to cook Quinoa in Crockpot

  • Add 1:2 ratio of quinoa and water
    • Usually want to add at least 2 cups quinoa + 4 cups water but can add more, just use this ratio
  • Put lid on
  • Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5-6 hours or until desired tenderness
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If you’re looking for more easy Instant Pot grain and other quinoa recipes, other favorites are this Instant Pot white rice as a side dish.

Time needed: 1 minute.

Instant Pot Quinoa

  1. Add ingredients

    Put quinoa and water into Instant Pot, pick up inner pot and swirl it around. Put pot back in and close lid and steam valve.

  2. Cook

    Set to pressure high for 1 minute. Allow to naturally release for 15 minutes.

  3. Fluff

    Use a spoon to fluff and serve!

Instant Pot Quinoa

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Instant Pot Perfect Quinoa

How to make perfect quinoa in your Instant Pot or on the stovetop.
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword crockpot, fluffy, instant pot, pressure cooker, quinoa, stove top, tender
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 234kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

  • 1.5 c quinoa traditional quinoa
  • 2 1/4 c water could use broth if desired

Instructions

  • Put quinoa and water into Instant Pot, pick up inner pot and swirl it around. Put pot back in and close lid and steam valve.
  • Set to pressure high for 1 minute.
  • Allow to naturally release for 15 minutes.

Video

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Perfect Quinoa
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 234 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 358mg10%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 4g17%
Protein 9g18%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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