Instant Pot Quinoa {Perfect Every Time}

instant pot quinoa

5 from 3 reviews

Instant Pot Quinoa or a complete guide how to cook perfect quinoa in your pressure cooker that is fluffy, has a bite to it and simply the best!

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: North American


  • 1 cup white or red quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • Pinch of salt


  1. In Instant Pot, add quinoa, water and salt.
  2. Close the lid and set pressure vent to Sealing.
  3. Cook White quinoa: Press Pressure Cook on High for 1 minute. Red quinoa: Press Pressure Cook on low (change pressure with Pressure Level button) for 12 minutes or press Rice button.
  4. Pressure Release White quinoa: Natural release –  let pressure come down on its own until pin drops (about 13 minutes). Red quinoa: Do quick release – turn pressure vent to Venting right after cooking is done.
  5. Open the lid and fluff quinoa with a fork.
  6. Serve as a side to go with a curry, stir fry or lean protein. Small shaped quinoa is perfect to soak up the juices of baked chicken and peppers or whole chicken. Add leftover quinoa to a soup at the very end, use in a meal prep or OMG quinoa salads! Quinoa makes the best salads ever!

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight containers for up to 3 months. Thaw in a fridge or on a counter.


Tip: While I haven’t tried cooking tri-color quinoa in Instant Pot, judging by the looks of many brands it consists of 66% of red and black quinoa. Therefore, I recommend to cook it using red quinoa method.

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