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Quinoa on gray plate with navy blue napkin and wooden fork.
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5 from 6 votes

Instant Pot Quinoa

This tasty quinoa made in the Instant Pot is perfect in so many ways, and it is perfect for meal planning. With only a few ingredients, the true nutty flavors of quinoa truly stand out with just salt and pepper.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Pressure Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy, instant pot quinoa, meal planning, pressure cooker
Servings: 5
Calories: 153kcal
Author: Savannah McGhee
Cost: $5


  • Instant Pot Pressure Cooker


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • spray cooking oil like avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste


  • Rinse quinoa very well with water. Spray evenly with avocado oil.
  • Transfer quinoa to pressure cooker and add salt and pepper. Combine evenly with spoon or rubber spatula.
  • Turn on Instant Pot to manual high pressure. Cook for 2 minutes. Let Instant Pot naturally release pressure for 10 minutes before doing a quick release. Serve.


  • Make sure the Instant Pot lid is in the locked position so it can cook the quinoa. 
  • Let the quinoa manually release pressure for 10 minutes (valve turned as far as it will go to the right-almost to 11 o'clock). 
  • To do quick release pressure, turn the steam valve down to the left. You will hear the pressure release.


Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1401mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg | Net Carbs: 20g