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Fluffy quinoa that was cooked in an Instant Pot in a wooden bowl.
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Instant Pot Quinoa | Quick, Easy, Fluffy

Learn how easy it is to cook Instant Pot Quinoa that is fluffy, light, tender, and doesn’t clump together.  In this quick 1-minute method, water is the only ingredient you’ll need to make this healthy, vegan, and gluten-free pseudo-grain to serve as a side dish, in a salad, or make into full meal!

Course Dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 126 kcal
London Brazil


  • 1 cup quinoa tri-color or white
  • 1 ½½ cups water or broth
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil or butter
  • ¼ - ½ tsp. salt to taste


  1. Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer under cold water for 1 minute, or until liquid almost runs clear.
  2. Add quinoa, water or broth, butter or oil, and salt to a 6-quart Instant Pot.
  3. Cover Instant Pot with the lid and move the pressure release valve to sealed.
  4. Set the timer for 1 minute on high pressure. (It will take the pressure cooker about 5-10 minutes to fully pressurize.)
  5. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes once the timer goes off.
  6. Move the pressure release handle to the venting position to let any remaining steam escape. Open the lid once the float valve goes down.
  7. Fluff up the quinoa using a fork and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • Recipe yields 3 cups cooked quinoa per 1 cup dry.
  • One serving is roughly ½ cup cooked quinoa.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Quinoa | Quick, Easy, Fluffy
Amount Per Serving
Calories 126 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 84mg4%
Potassium 160mg5%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.