Instant Pot Quinoa – Gluten Free

by Sharon on January 21, 2018

Instant Pot Quinoa is an easy, hands off way to prep this versatile, nutritious side dish. Quinoa is so customisable, making it ready to add to your next meal.

Instant Pot Quinoa - Gluten Free

One of the things I use my pressure cooker for most is prepping. I love having cooked side dishes already on hand and this Instant Pot Quinoa is super versatile. Throw a handful into a salad, toss some into a soup, or top it with some Bolognese for a filling meal.


Instant Pot Quinoa - Gluten Free

Instant Pot Quinoa

Full disclosure, this recipe takes the same amount of time as would on your stove top. The word ‘instant’ in Instant Pot is a tad misleading. For things like bone broth, which normally takes a good 12 hours, 3 hours in the IP could be considered instant, but not really. What I like is the hands off approach and I love the consistency. There are a few factors like altitude, etc. that impact your cooking times, but once you find your sweet spot, you’ve got your formula set. So awesome.

Instant Pot Quinoa - Gluten Free

I like to use a tri-colour quinoa for the best texture. I know, I know. It’s more expensive. Why is it that the wonderful things always are? Either way, I find that the plain white quinoa tends to get a little mushier and gloopier. The addition of the red and black seeds add more of a ‘al dente’ situation, which I like so much better.

Not familiar with quinoa? It’s a wonder seed with numerous health benefits. For me, I love the combination of fibre and protein content. I’m always shy of protein goals set by my naturopath, so foods that contain it are always a big bonus for me. Want more info? Check out this article for some useful insight.

I used water and a pinch of sea salt for this recipe to make it super simple, but if you have some broth on hand that will add some nice flavour to your Instant Pot Quinoa.

Instant Pot Quinoa - Gluten Free


Instant Pot Quinoa – Gluten Free
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  • 1 cup quinoa (I prefer the tri-colour variety)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt


  1. Rinse quinoa well
  2. Add the rinsed quinoa, water and sea salt to your Instant Pot
  3. Lock on the lid and set the valve to seal
  4. Press manual and set the time to 1 minute
  5. Allow the pot to release the pressure naturally for 20 minutes. Release any remaining pressure and carefully remove the lid
  6. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and serve
  7. Store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week



{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Denise from Urb'n'Spice January 24, 2018 at 10:21 am
I am so glad that you shared the tip about the tri-coloured quinoa as I have had the same experiences with white quinoa being mushy and gloopy. Thank you for sharing, Sharon. I will one day get myself an Instant Pot :)
Sharon January 25, 2018 at 8:48 am
Sure thing! I found that the tri colour is so much better cold in salads too. Those little snaps and pops from the red seeds are the best texture-wise. :) Have a great weekend Denise!
Colleen January 26, 2018 at 9:42 am
I like the tri coloured quinoa best, too. Such a great idea to have pre cooked quinoa on hand in the fridge!
Sharon January 26, 2018 at 9:49 am
Super handy! I always have cooked grains on the ready. Thanks Colleen. :)
Dylan January 26, 2018 at 5:51 pm
Awesome idea for instant grains! Quinoa is so nutritious, I love it!
Sharon January 27, 2018 at 10:10 am
Thanks Dylan! I could not agree more. Quinoa for the win. :)

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