Instant Pot

Instant Pot Quinoa

May 24, 2018
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Electric pressure cookers like the Instant Pot have made life so much easier! Having the ability to set it and forget it, but to have food cook relatively quickly makes eating whole, real foods much more accessible. That’s important, especially if you are in the process of healing your body and still experience fatigue and brain fog! When you feel yucky, it can be so much more difficult to get up the motivation to cook. I know for me, grabbing takeout or processed convenience foods was all the energy I could muster some days. But this Instant Pot quinoa is something I could’ve done during those times.

The body desperately needs the vital nutrients in whole foods…nutrients that are typically missing from processed foods! Because of this, kitchen tools like a slow cooker and electric pressure cooker can make a huge difference! They certainly have for me!

Super simple recipes like this quinoa recipe can make things even easier! I eat gluten-free because gluten and my tummy are NOT friends. Eating gluten triggers my acid reflux, big time! And I try to limit how much rice I eat as well. And honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of cauliflower “rice”. I do eat it once in a while, but I never want to go overboard because it can make me a little…..well, gassy.

For me, quinoa has been a nice substitute. It is a seed and is rich in protein and has the full spectrum of amino acids. It’s also full of fiber and nutrients such as magnesium, lysine, iron, manganese, and vitamin b2. It does not contain gluten so it is safe for those who must eat gluten-free.

The beauty of this Instant Pot quinoa recipe is just how simple it is. Because I’m single, I love to make batches of quinoa and use it for several meals. And there are so many different things that can be made using quinoa that it is super versatile!

Instant Pot Quinoa

This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to cook quinoa….ever! Set it, forget it and it will be done in a snap!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 4 people


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup water


  • Rinse the quinoa for 1-2 minutes.
  • Place rinsed quinoa into the pressure cooker pot.
  • Add water.
  • Add lid and make sure pressure valve is closed.
  • Manually set pressure cooker on high pressure for one minute.
  • Once cooked, allow natural release for at least 10 minutes.

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