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How to Make Perfectly Cooked Quinoa in the Instant Pot

How to Make Perfectly Cooked Quinoa in the Instant Pot

  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Today I'm sharing how to make perfectly cooked quinoa in the Instant Pot!  Once you try this easy hands-off method you will be hooked!  It produces light, fluffy quinoa every single time with no burnt spots, excess water or soggy quinoa.

Here is my method for Perfectly Cooked Stovetop Quinoa.


  • 2 cups uncooked white quinoa, rinsed well
  • 2 cups filtered water


  1. Place quinoa and water in the Instant Pot.  Secure the lid and place on the "Sealed" setting (not "Venting").
  2. Cook on "Manual" / "High Pressure" for one minute.  As soon as it is done cooking, press the "Off" button to allow the pressure to naturally release. Once the floating valve drops and the pot has released all the pressure, open the lid and fluff with a fork.  If you are not at your Instant Pot when it finishes cooking that is okay - it cannot overcook!  
  3. This recipe yields 6 cups of cooked quinoa.  You can halve the recipe if you do not need that much but leftovers do keep great for up to a week.
  4. Enjoy in your favorite recipes.  See blog post above for recipes ideas.


This also works with 1 cup of dry quinoa and 1 cup of filtered water.

For fluffy and better tasting quinoa always rinse the quinoa first in a fine mesh strainer for one minute.  This removes the bitter flavor.  

If storing for later, allow the quinoa to cool to room temperature before covering with a lid and refrigerate in an airtight container.

Freezing quinoa: You can also store extra quinoa in freezer bags and freeze the quinoa for up to 2 months.  To thaw out the quinoa move the container from the freezer to the refrigerator a day before using it.

Be sure to also try my stovetop method for perfectly cooked quinoa.  Either way one cup of uncooked dry quinoa yields about 3 cups of tightly packed cooked quinoa.  The cooked quinoa measures 4 cups when fluffed with a fork and not packed tightly into the measuring cup.  So, if using 1 cup of uncooked quinoa it should yield about 4 cups of fluffy unpacked cooked quinoa.

  • Prep Time: 1
  • Cook Time: 29
  • Method: Pressure Cooker

Keywords: Instant Pot Quinoa