For perfect, fluffy quinoa, follow our tutorial for How to Cook Quinoa in Instant Pot! Utilize your favorite small kitchen appliance to make this healthy grain substitute that is increasingly popular in clean eating lifestyles.
How to Cook Quinoa in Instant Pot
As with our post on how to make boiled eggs in the Instant Pot, I wouldn’t consider this a recipe but have to share it because I have been so impressed with the way the quinoa has turned out in the Instant Pot.
Also similar to the boiled eggs, it technically isn’t that much faster but it doesn’t require as much supervision either and the quinoa doesn’t stick like it does when cooking on a stovetop. I timed it and it took just over 19 minutes from start to finish. If you are tired of forgetting that you are boiling water for quinoa and then having it boil over and creating a mess, you must try this way! You just add all of the ingredients, set it and be done. You don’t have to worry about bringing anything to a boil and then adding the quinoa, etc.
We have the 6 quart Instant Pot (it has over 35,000 customer reviews on Amazon with 4.5 stars!)
Where to Buy Quinoa
People are always asking me where I buy the quinoa I use. The answer is pretty simple – in the grocery store! Ha! Seriously, though, the quinoa is found in the area of the grains right next to the rice and pasta in most grocery stores. If you have a store like Whole Foods nearby, you will also find it in the bulk bins.
I like buying in the bulk bins for a better price. This also gives me a chance to try red quinoa or black quinoa in small batches to see if I prefer the texture or flavor profile over traditional quinoa. You may also find quinoa in bulk packages on Amazon at a good price if your local market is more expensive.
Is Quinoa Gluten-Free?
While quinoa is a gluten-free grain, it is not considered safe for most with celiac disease or severe reactions to gluten. Why? Most quinoa is harvested and processed in the same fields or plants as wheat, barley, and rye. This puts it in very close proximity of gluten and makes it a high-risk food for contamination.
If you are gluten-free with severe reactions, use quinoa with extreme caution. If you only have mild reactions, then you will most likely be safe to eat quinoa.
How to Use Quinoa
Quinoa is ideal as a side dish or to mix in with soups, chilis, or veggies for a salad. We love it with our Instant Pot Bison Chili. It is also a great option in this quick meal prep sausage and quinoa meal. It is truly one of the most versatile items in our clean eating menu. Below are a few more of our favorite quinoa dishes that we know you will love!
- Quinoa with Mixed Vegetables
- Sweet and Nutty Quinoa
- Quinoa Jambalaya
- Spicy Citrus Salad with Quinoa
- Clean Eating Breakfast Quinoa
- Fall Cauliflower Quinoa Salad with Raisins
Simple cooking method for quinoa. Follow this tutorial for How to Cook Quinoa in an Instant Pot.
- 1 cup organic quinoa
- 2 cups of water or chicken broth (or a combination of both)
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Pressure Cooker
- Cuisine: American