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Instant Pot Quinoa

An easy and fail-proof method on how to cook Instant Pot Quinoa
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Vegan, Western
Keyword instant pot quinoa
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 156kcal
Author Bintu Hardy | Recipes From A Pantry

Ingredients

  • Oil to brush the Insert
  • 2 cups 360g quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups 500ml water (see tip below about reducing the water)
  • Salt to taste (optional)

Instructions

Manual method

  • Brush some oil in the instant pot insert.
  • Add the rinsed quinoa, water and salt into your Instant Pot insert, cover, seal, select the manual or pressure cook button (dependent upon IP model), select high pressure and set the timer to 1 min and allow to cook.
  • When done allow the pressure to release naturally before opening, fluff with a fork and serving.

Using the Rice Setting

  • Brush some oil in the instant pot insert.
  • Add the rinsed quinoa, water and salt into your Instant Pot insert, cover, seal, select the Rice Button (aka 12 mins at low pressure) and cook.
  • When done allow the pressure to release naturally before opening, fluff with a fork and serving.

Notes

The total cook time does not include the time it takes for the Instant Pot to get to pressure and the time for the natural pressure release. Plan for additional time.
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Pressure Cooker Quinoa Tips
  • You do want to lightly oil (or use cooking spray) this instant Pot insert so as to avoid the quinoa sticking.
  • Quinoa can be stored in the fridge for up to a week no problem. Any extra can be frozen for later.
  • Toasting the quinoa before cooking adds an extra depth of nutty flavour to it.
  • Cook the quinoa using broth/stock for extra added flavour. Alternatively, you can add in citrus zest, fresh chopped herbs, spices, chilli and more.
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Meal Prep Ideas Using  Instant Pot Quinoa
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Weight Watchers Points in Instant Pot Quinoa
If you replace the oil in this recipe with calorie-controlled cooking spray, there are 2 Freestyle points in each serving of Instant Pot Quinoa.

Nutrition

Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 2% | Iron: 10.8%