Ever since I got my Instant Pot life in the kitchen has gotten much easier. Because I have been doing a lot of meal prep on Sundays for the week ahead, making a large amount of quinoa is part of the process. After looking for the easiest way to make perfect fluffy quinoa I am happy to say I have found an easy & perfect Instant Pot quinoa recipe.
The Instant Pot Quinoa Recipe
With this recipe, I refuse to cook quinoa any other way. This recipe is fool proof and comes out perfect every time. No more starchy, soggy quinoa happening in my kitchen.
The trick is to follow the exact measurements and cooking times in the recipe. Since I am cooking for the week I make a big batch using 3 cups of uncooked quinoa. I like to rinse it under cold water before I place it in the pot. Not sure if there is any benefit to this but it is just something I do before I cook most things. After rinsing I place the quinoa in the instant pot, add a tablespoon olive oil, spices and mix to allow the spices and olive oil to distributed evenly.
Cooking grains with broth instead of water gives them more flavor so I highly recommend it for this recipe. I then add 3 1/2 cups of low sodium chicken broth to the quinoa, stir a little and cover the instant pot. Always make sure the knob at the top is set to the sealing position before cooking.
This next step is very important as it determines the texture of your quinoa. If using the Instant Pot, press the manual button, select the high pressure setting and adjust to 2 minutes cooking time. Yes, this is not a typo. 2 minutes is all you need. Let the instant pot do it’s thing and after the 2 minutes are over let it naturally release for exactly 15 minutes then turn the knob to vent to allow the pressure to release quickly. Letting the instant pot naturally release for more than 15 minutes will lead to soggy quinoa so it is a good idea to set a timer in case you forget.
After you have let the Instant Pot Pressure cooker vent, open the pot, turn it off and fluff with a fork. You will be really happy with the results! Perfect fluffy quinoa, grains are separated and have a little bite to them.
There are so many recipes to use this quinoa with. I like to place the cooked in a large glass container in the fridge and use it for all sorts of lunch combinations throughout the week. Here are some examples:
3 Different ways to to use cooked quinoa for lunch
- Add quinoa to a small lunch container and top with curried chickpeas, diced peppers, diced cucumber, diced cherry tomatoes. Carry a small container with olive oil, mustard and lemon juice and drizzle when you are ready to eat. I also like to take an avocado with me and add it when I’m ready to eat.
- Place arugula, spinach or leaves into a medium lunch container. Add sliced red bell peppers, sliced Persian cucumbers, sliced tomatoes, sliced, red onion (optional), leftover grilled chicken pieces and top with quinoa for a tasty and filling salad.
- Mix cooked quinoa with, chopped cucumber, black beans, diced red onion, corn, diced cherry tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, olive oil, lemon juice, a bit of chopped jalapeño, cumin and dried oregano for a delicious Tex mex salad.