How to Perfectly Cook 1 Minute Instant Pot Quinoa

It’s Sunday meal prep at my house when the Instant Pot is cooking quinoa. This healthy grain is so incredibly simple to make, perfectly, in the Instant Pot. Fluffy, beautifully cooked quinoa with minimal effort.



1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
11/2 cups water
pinch of salt


Rinse quinoa in cold water until the water is clear.

Add the quinoa, water, and pinch of salt into the bowl of the Instant Pot. Lock the lid and be sure the valve is set to “sealing”. Select the “manual” program and set the timer to 1 minute on high pressure. It will take around 5 minutes to come to pressure.

Once the quinoa has cooked, release the pressure naturally for 10 minutes before turning the valve to instant release. Fluff with a fork and serve or refrigerate for later use.


Quinoa keeps in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days or can be frozen in freezer bags. I like to portion the quinoa into individual sized freezer bags for easy meal planning.

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