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Minute Instant Pot Quinoa

Updated: Aug 11, 2020

If you’ve ever accidentally burned quinoa you will quickly realize what a lifesaver this set it and forget it method is. Simple. Easy. Perfect. Every time!

The perfect proportion of quinoa to liquid in the instant pot is 1 to 1.5, in a normal pot it’s 1 to 2, but liquid doesn’t evaporate in the instant pot (aka no burning!!) so we use slightly less.

A worry-free set it and forget method to cooking perfect quinoa every time. No babysitting, no burning and no wait!

Not to quote despicable me but... IT'S SO FLUFFY! There's nothing worse than walking away for what you swear is a second and coming back to quinoa burned to the bottom of your pan. Say goodbye to half your dinner and hello to sore biceps from scrubbing the dish clean.

Next time try this one minute recipe where the perfect "release time" is whenever you are ready to eat. Seriously I just keep it on keep warm or the lid on until I'm ready to go so it's hot, fluffy and delicious.

I refuse to make quinoa any other way.

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Minute Instant Pot Quinoa

4 servings | 5 min heat, 1 min cook, 5 min release


  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 1 cup water

  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth or bone broth (could also just use 1.5 cups water and no broth but I prefer the added flavor the broth gives)

  • Cooking spray

  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Spray the instant pot with nonstick spray.

  2. Ideally, rinse and strain the quinoa before adding it to the instant pot.

  3. Add quinoa, salt, water and broth to pot.

  4. Set the instant pot to cook at high pressure for 1 minute (if you are like me and own the crock pot version, I cook it on the rice setting at high and just turn it off after it has counted down for 1 minute). The instant pot will take a few minutes to reach pressure. After the 1 minute of cook time, allow it to naturally release.

  5. Fluff and enjoy!


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Nutrition Facts are provided as a guideline only. Exact nutrition will depend on quantity, brand and ingredients used.

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