Instant pot quinoa is one of the easiest things you can cook in the pressure cooker and always come out perfect.
Cooking quinoa in the instant pot is easy and it is a pretty quick side dish. The texture is even better than cook on the stove, different than rice that not everyone has master rice in the instant pot (me included). But once you try this instant pot quinoa recipe, you won't look back.
What is quinoa
Quinoa is a seed from the Chenopodium quinoa plant called goosefoot, which is closely related to spinach and beets.
Is quinoa good for you
White quinoa is high in fiber and a good source of antioxidants. One cup of quinoa supplies 2.76 mg of iron and contain the nine essential amino acids that our bodies need and cannot make on their own.
I like to use water too cook the quinoa but you can use
How to make quinoa in an instant pot
STEP 1. Add the quinoa to the inner pot of your instant pot (pressure cooker).
STEP 2. Add 1 cup water to the pot. Making sure the water is covering the quinoa, stir it if it needed.
STEP 3. Place the lid on the pot and lock it in place. Turn the steam release knob to the Sealing position (or DON'T press the release knob for the newest model). Press the manual/pressure cook button (or dial) and the + or - button (or dial) to choose 1 minute. The pot will take a few minutes to build up the pressure before the timer starts.
STEP 4. When the cooking cycle has finished, let the pot sit undisturbed for 15 minutes to release the pressure naturally.
STEP 5. When the metal pin in the lid drops down, you can open the lid facing away from you.
STEP 6. Fluff the quinoa with a fork or a spoon and serve.
Now you know the way to make instant pot recipe for quinoa; maybe you want to know how to store if you have leftover. And this is what you're going to learn down below. Before I forget, I won't recommend cooking more than 2 cups at a time because it could get mushy the more time the pressure cooker takes to build pressure the mushy the quinoa gets.
Can you freeze cooked instant pot quinoa
Yes, you can freeze quinoa. This quinoa recipe instant pot is perfect for meal pre.
How to freeze quinoa?
First, you will need to let the quinoa cool completely, and then scoop into labeled zip-top freezer bags. It is better to do so by portion; I like to do one cup portions because it is perfect for when you need to reheat and have it for a quick lunch or dinner. But how much you want to put in each bag might be different.
Flatten the pack and try to get as much air out as you can. Freeze flat to make it easier to store once completely frozen.
How long does cooked quinoa last
Cooked quinoa will last in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.
Cooked quinoa should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
Frozen cooked quinoa will maintain the best quality for about 1 to 2 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
How to tell if cooked quinoa is bad?
If cooked quinoa develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded; do not taste first.
Is quinoa a complete protein
Yes, quinoa is a complete protein that makes quinoa excellent for people following a vegetarian or vegan diet. Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning that it contains all nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot make on their own.
Other instant pot recipes you should try
I know you're going to love this instant pot quinoa recipe. If you make it, I'd love for you to leave a comment & rating, so I know how you like it. I greatly appreciate it.
- 1 cup quinoa, uncooked, rinse and drained
- 1 cup of water
- Add the rinsed and drained quinoa to the inner pot of your instant pot (pressure cooker).
- Add 1 cup water to the pot. Make sure the water is covering the quinoa, stir it if it needed.
- Place the lid on the pot and lock it in place. Turn the steam release knob to the Sealing position (or DON'T press the release knob for the newest model). Press the manual/pressure cook button (or dial) and the + or - button (or dial) to choose 1 minute. The pot will take a few minutes to build up the pressure before the timer starts.
- When the cooking cycle has finished, let the pot sit undisturbed for 15 minutes to naturally release the pressure.
- When the metal pin in the lid drops down, you can open the lid facing away from you.
- Store cooked quinoa in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 156Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g