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It is no secret that I’m slightly obsessed with quinoa.

A dear friend of mine (Sara from Will Run for Pasta) actually sent me a package once addressed to “The Quinoa Queen”.

I’ve made a gazillion quinoa bite variations and I fully stand behind the health benefits of this particular trendy superfood, so I make sure it’s a staple in my regular diet.

So, it’s no surprise that when my other friend Sara (from The Holy Mess) convinced me to buy an Instant Pot, the first thing I wanted to do was see how it handled quinoa!

And, let me tell you, it does a darn good job with the stuff.

My favorite part? I get to walk away while it cooks. I don’t have to checking it to make sure it’s not boiling over like on the stovetop. It truly is a dump it, set it, and forget it kind of recipe.

This simple, fluffy Instant Pot quinoa is made in a pressure cooker - perfect for healthy meal prep and to use in quinoa bites!

First, gather your ingredients. You can use water, but broth adds such good flavor!

Also, I highly recommend that you rinse the quinoa. I’m the kind of person who often ignores steps like that. I’ve made it fine both ways, but I’ve read that non-rinsed quinoa can stick to the bottom of the pot and create problems.

Now dump ’em both in the pot.

I have the 6-Quart Instant Pot Duo Plus and highly recommend it!

This simple, fluffy Instant Pot quinoa is made in a pressure cooker - perfect for healthy meal prep and to use in quinoa bites!
This simple, fluffy Instant Pot quinoa is made in a pressure cooker - perfect for healthy meal prep and to use in quinoa bites!

This is what it will look like before you seal the lid.

Speaking of sealing the lid, once your lid is secured and it makes that lovely sing-songy noise to you, make sure you push the valve to “Sealing”!

Select high pressure and set the timer to 1 minute.

Now, go do something fun for the next 26-30 minutes! Read a book. Blow bubbles with your kids (or just yourself). Dance it out. Watch funny cat videos on Facebook. Whatever brings a smile to your face!

The pot will come up to pressure, plump up those quinoa seeds, and naturally release its pressure, all while you are out enjoying life.

This simple, fluffy Instant Pot quinoa is made in a pressure cooker - perfect for healthy meal prep and to use in quinoa bites!
This simple, fluffy Instant Pot quinoa is made in a pressure cooker - perfect for healthy meal prep and to use in quinoa bites!

This is the loveliness that will await you!

Stir it up, fluff it up, and give it a taste test!

I think you’ll be pleased.

This simple, fluffy Instant Pot quinoa is made in a pressure cooker - perfect for healthy meal prep and to use in quinoa bites!
This simple, fluffy Instant Pot quinoa is made in a pressure cooker - perfect for healthy meal prep and to use in quinoa bites!

Now, I want you to know that I made it this way just for you. I wanted you to have the basic recipe to know how to cook 1 cup of dry quinoa.

But you should know that I NEVER make just 1 cup of quinoa.

There’s just too much you can do with it to stop there!

Include it in your weekly meal prep with some Quinoa & Black Bean Burrito Bowls or serve it alongside Grilled Ham & Pineapple Skewers or baked salmon.

This simple, fluffy Instant Pot quinoa is made in a pressure cooker - perfect for healthy meal prep and to use in quinoa bites!
This simple, fluffy Instant Pot quinoa is made in a pressure cooker - perfect for healthy meal prep and to use in quinoa bites!

Throw some quinoa bites together in any flavor you like!

I’m partial to the Quinoa Pizza Bites and the Barbecue Chicken Quinoa Bites myself.

Maybe you like more spice in your life and would rather have some Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites or you’re feeling more Italian tonight with some Tomato Basil Quinoa Bites.

They freeze great, so they are the perfect make-ahead healthy lunch or snack to grab whenever you need it.

No matter how you use the quinoa, you’re going to love it!

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This simple, fluffy Instant Pot quinoa is made in a pressure cooker - perfect for healthy meal prep and to use in quinoa bites!

Instant Pot Quinoa


  • Author: Becky
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: pressure cooker

Description

This simple, fluffy Instant Pot quinoa is made in a pressure cooker – perfect for healthy meal prep and to use in quinoa bites!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium broth (chicken, vegetable, or beef)

Instructions

  1. Add quinoa and broth to Instant Pot.
  2. Close the lid and make sure the valve is set to “Sealing.”
  3. Press the pressure button and adjust time to 1 minute.
  4. When the pot signals the cooking cycle is over, let the pressure naturally release (this should take around 15-20 minutes).
  5. Fluff quinoa with a fork and serve.

Notes

*I calculate the cooking time for Instant Pot recipes as any time the lid is on the pot, whether the dish is coming to pressure, actively cooking, or the pressure is releasing.

This simple, fluffy Instant Pot quinoa is made in a pressure cooker - perfect for healthy meal prep and to use in quinoa bites!