How To Cook Quinoa In an Instant Pot

I recently got an Instant Pot and have been cooking whatever I can in it. If you’re looking how to cook quinoa in an Instant Pot, I have a quick tutorial for you.

How to cook quinoa in an Instant Pot. Shave down the cook time for this gluten free dish by using my favorite pressure cooker and save this to your Instant Pot Recipes!

How To Cook Quinoa In an Instant Pot

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I took advantage of Amazon Prime Day this July and purchased the Instant Pot deal that was advertised. I had been debating for a while on whether or not I buy one, and thought that if all else fails that it would be a good way to post recipes on The Bewitchin’ Kitchen and share my learning process.

The verdict?


I love my Instant Pot.

How to make quinoa in the Instant Pot

When my Instant Pot arrived, I scoured through the instruction manual (as I was a little nervous about using this pressure cooker for the first time) and noticed that they had a cook time chart.

I noticed that quinoa had a cook time under pressure for one minute. 

It takes me 20 minutes to make quinoa on the stove top.

Seriously? 1 minute?!

Something to keep in mind is that that’s the pressure cook time. That doesn’t include the time it takes for the Instant Pot to come to temperature first.

Randa’s Tip: To speed up the process, start the Instant Pot on saute to pre heat the pressure cooker. It makes a big difference in the pre heat time.

So a one-minute pressure cook is one option, but you would have to naturally vent it so it would still take another 10-15 minutes. I decided to simply use the rice cooker option.

One hit of a button and I was able to cook up Quinoa while I focused on other things (like binge watching old episodes of Party of Five on Netflix).

How To Cook Quinoa In The Instant Pot


Instant Pot Quinoa - how to use a pressure cooker to make quinoa.

Instant Pot recipes on The Bewitchin’ Kitchen

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On the fence about purchasing an Instant Pot? Just do it! Want another reason to buy one? You can cook chicken breasts from frozen in fifteen minutes time. It’s perfect for those moments where you forgot about dinner or if you want a quick meal prep.

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Randa’s tip: For added flavor, use chicken broth instead of water.

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How To Cook Quinoa In an Instant Pot

How to cook quinoa in an Instant Pot. Shave down the cook time for this gluten free dish by using my favorite pressure cooker and save this to your Instant Pot Recipes!


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken broth


  1. Add both the quinoa and chicken broth to the Instant Pot.
  2. Turn the vent to sealed.
  3. Hit the rice button.
  4. When it beeps, turn the trigger to venting.
  5. Fluff up and serve.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 3 cups, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 109 Calories
  • Total Fat: 1.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.2g
  • Cholesterol: 1.7mg
  • Sodium: 309.3mg
  • Carbohydrates: 18.5g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 0.4g
  • Protein: 4.5g
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5 comments on “How To Cook Quinoa In an Instant Pot”

  1. I just used my instant pot for the first time, I made quinoa  and it was sticky , not bad. Can I mix some rice with the quinoa for a different flavor 

  2. I just made this… It turned out perfection. My husband and I do not like the texture of cooked quinoa, so I have to alter my quinoa to chicken broth ratio… and btw I never rinse mine, never have noticed a taste difference, but do what you feel comfortable. So for a softer “rice” texture, I use 1C quinoa and 3C chicken broth or 3C water with bullion. I prefer the bullion method as for us it has more flavor… turn to seal, push the rice button, after pressure is up, cooks for 10 min, move lever to release, once pressure is released open lid and fluff…. Mine turned out awesome….

    Rating: 5
  3. I added both the quinoa and chicken broth to my IP, turned the vent to seal, hit the rice button and after temp was reached it cooked for 10 mins. It was perfect! Fluff perfect, chicken broth taste perfect and plain awesome!

    Rating: 5

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