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How to Cook Quinoa in a Pressure Cooker Recipe

This pressure cooker recipe for cooking quinoa makes it quick and easy to cook fluffy quinoa in an electric pressure cooker, like your Instant Pot!
Course Side Dish
Servings 4
Calories 172 kcal


  • ½ tablespoon oil or cooking spray as needed (optional)
  • 1 cup quinoa – rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup water or broth
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Either coat the inner pot with cooking spray or toast the quinoa. To toast, select Saute mode on your electric pressure cooker. Add oil to the pot once hot and stir in quinoa until coated in oil. Cook and stir until lightly toasted and fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  • Mix water and salt in with quinoa. Close and lock the lid. Select “MANUAL”; set timer for 1 minute on high pressure according to manufacturer’s instructions. Allow about 5 minutes for pressure to build.
  • Release pressure using the natural-release method, about 10 minutes. Carefully release any remaining pressure. Unlock and remove the lid. Fluff quinoa with a fork or a rice paddle.


Sodium: 150mgCalcium: 20mgFiber: 3gPotassium: 239mgCalories: 172kcalSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 4gProtein: 6gCarbohydrates: 27gIron: 2mg
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