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Quinoa in the Pressure Cooker

The Herbeevore
An easy fool-proof method for fluffy perfect quinoa in the Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot! Quick cook, no mess, and perfect texture every time.  This is my absolute favorite way to cook quinoa, as it takes the shortest amount of time, is super easy to clean up, and the quinoa is tender and fluffy.
5 from 3 votes
Cook Time 1 min
Release Time 16 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 8
Calories 156 kcal


  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt optional


  • Place the quinoa in a fine mesh colander and rinse until cool running water.
  • Place the quinoa in the Instant Pot along with the water.  Seal cover.
  • Set the Instant Pot to Manual or Pressure Cook mode for 1 minute.
  • After the 1 minute of cooking, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for 15 minutes.  Then carefully quick release any remaining pressure.
  • Fluff with a fork and serve!


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Calories: 156kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 6gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 7mgPotassium: 239mgFiber: 3gVitamin A: 6IUCalcium: 23mgIron: 2mg
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