Basic quinoa is the starting point for all sorts of healthy recipes: Buddha bowls, salads, pilafs, stir-fries, breakfast bowls and more. Cooking quinoa in an Instant Pot--or any other multicooker--really requires just 1 minute of active time, so once you press a button you can turn your attention to whatever else is on your menu. Quinoa also keeps well, so make a big batch and you'll be enjoying quinoa salads for days.

Source:, June 2019


Recipe Summary

5 mins
20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Add water and quinoa to a multicooker. Stir well to moisten the quinoa.

  • Lock the lid and set the steam valve to the sealing position.

  • Select the Manual button and cook for 1 minute on high pressure. It will take a few minutes for the pressure to build and the countdown timer will start. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure. Serve the quinoa immediately, keep it on the Keep Warm setting for up to 20 minutes, or transfer to a container to cool before storing. Fluff with a fork before serving.


To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup
104 calories; protein 4g; carbohydrates 18.2g; dietary fiber 2g; sugars 0.7g; fat 1.7g; saturated fat 0.2g; vitamin a iu 4IU; folate 52.1mcg; calcium 15.1mg; iron 1.3mg; magnesium 56.4mg; potassium 160.1mg; sodium 3.2mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

1 1/2 starch