Pressure Cooker Quinoa


To cook perfect quinoa in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot, you only need to remember the number 1. Gluten-free, protein-packed, and so easy to make!



  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 2 cups water


  1. Rinse quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve, if desired (most brands come pre-rinsed to remove bitter coating called saponin).
  2. Toast quinoa by cooking over medium heat in a pressure cooker, for 5 minutes, stirring often to prevent burning. (use the Sauté function on the Instant Pot)
  3. Add the water and bring to high pressure.
  4. If using an Instant Pot, set the timer for 1 minute on Manual/High Pressure.
  5. If using a stovetop pressure cooker, set a timer for 1 minute after high pressure has been reached.
  6. Allow for a natural pressure release after the cooking time has elapsed.
  7. If the pressure hasn’t released naturally after 15 minutes, release any remaining pressure manually.
  8. Fluff the quinoa with a fork, and serve immediately or place into freezer bags for long-term freezer storage.