How to Cook Fluffy Quinoa Recipe – Love and Lemons

Recipe for cooking quinoa

Learn how to cook perfect Instant Pot quinoa! With my quick, hands-off method, this nutritious grain comes out fluffy and tasty every time.

Instant Pot Quinoa Instant Pot

Quinoa Recipe Ingredients

To be clear, if you love cooking quinoa on the stove, there’s no reason you shouldn’t keep doing it. My quinoa recipe on the stove and this Instant Pot recipe produce pretty much the same results. Quinoa is fluffy, tasty and tender. As I said earlier, the great advantage of the Instant Pot method is that it does not intervene. You don’t even have to turn off the stove! If this kind of flexibility of setting it and forgetting it appeals to you, then this recipe is worth trying.

Here’s what you’ll need to do it:

  • Quinoa, of course! Any color will work here. Use white quinoa, black quinoa, red quinoa, or a mixture.
  • Water – You will need a little less water to cook 1 cup of quinoa in the instant cooker than on the stove, as less evaporation occurs in a pressure cooker. I use 1 1/2 cups instead of 1 3/4.

Find the full recipe with measurements below.

Dry quinoa bowl and liquid measuring cup filled with water

How to cook quinoa in the instant pot

Start by rinsing the grains. Place the quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse with cold running water. Quinoa is covered in saponins, or natural insecticides, which can make it taste bitter. Rinsing it before cooking improves its flavor and makes it easier to digest.

Then, add the rinsed quinoa to the instant pot. Pour the water and stir to combine.

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Pour water by hand from a measuring cup into an instant pot filled with quinoa

Next, cook. Secure the lid of the instant pot and cook under pressure over high heat for 1 minute. (No, that’s not a mistake!) The time it takes for the Instant Pot to build up and release pressure will allow the quinoa to cook completely.

Allow the pressure to be released naturally. When the float valve drops, approximately 10 to 15 minutes after the cooking cycle is complete, remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork. You can also leave the instant pot in the Keep Warm setting and wait to fluff the beans until it’s ready to serve.

That’s all!

Stirring quinoa and water in Instant Pot with wooden spoon

How to use quinoa

Instant Pot

The easiest way to serve this quinoa Instant Pot is as a garnish. Mix it with a splash of olive oil, pinches of salt and pepper, and a splash of lemon juice, and combine it with any cooked protein you want. It is also a great base for a bowl of grains. Try using it in this vegetable bowl for energy, this vegan burrito bowl, or this bowl of roasted vegetable grain. Or hop on the rice in any of these 15 rice bowl recipes!

You can also use it in any recipe that calls for cooked quinoa. Here are some of my favorites:

Mediterranean quinoa

  • salad (perfect for preparing meals!)
  • Spring quinoa

  • with asparagus, peas, and pickled onions
  • Vegan Seven-layer dip
  • Quinoa burger
  • Greek stuffed comotata
  • Quinoa Breakfast cookiesWhat

are your favorite quinoa recipes? Let me know in the comments!

More favorite pressure

cooker recipes If you love this recipe, try making one of these dishes in the instant pot below:

  • Brown rice
  • Black beans
  • Lentil soup
  • Mashed
  • potatoes Oatmeal cut into steel
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