Best Instant Pot Recipes With Quinoa

Learn how to make delicious Instant Pot recipes with quinoa. This grain-like seed is versatile and gluten-free and can be used in cold salad recipes, hot side dishes, or even for breakfast as a porridge. When you need to plan ahead but no time to cook, it’s ideal for a one-pot batch cooking meal prep for lunch throughout the week.

What Is Quinoa?

Quinoa is a pseudo-cereal grain crop. It is basically a seed, but is prepared and eaten similarly to a grain. In recent times, it has become a trendy health food of choice as a gluten-free substitute. There are three main types: white, red, and black. The lighter the color the milder the flavor.

Quinoa is high in protein, fiber, minerals, and vitamins which can help reduce blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol, increase fullness and help with weight loss. Containing essential amino acids makes it a great source for vegetarians and vegans. Two flavonoids, quercetin and kaempferol, have both been found in high amounts in quinoa. Its high concentration of antioxidants offers health benefits, such as anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancer, and anti-depressant effects.

Instant Pot Quinoa

Instant Pot is the perfect method for cooking quinoa. The versatility of using it for cold salads or hot side dishes makes one-pot batch cooking ideal for meal prep throughout the week.

Quinoa for Instant Pot pilaf

Rate This Recipe

No ratings yet

Basic Instant Pot Quinoa Recipe

As well as sharing our best Instant Pot quinoa recipes, here is a simple method for cooking basic quinoa in the pressure cooker. You can use this as a base for many delicious and healthy meals.
Print Recipe Pin Recipe
Prep Time5 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 253kcal
Author: Ann Fabrizio


  • 1.5 cups uncooked quinoa any colour
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp salt or stock cube
  • 2 tsp butter (or olive oi) to finish


  • Rinse your quinoa first and strain well.
  • Add rinsed quinoa and water to the Instant Pot. Add a little salt to season the quinoa or you can use vegetable or chicken stock cube for extra flavor. Stir through.
  • Secure and lock the lid. Set to High Pressure using Manual/Pressure setting for 1 minute. It will take about 10 minutes for the pressure to build up, during which the cooking begins.
  • Once the timer is done, leave the pot alone for 10 minutes to release the pressure naturally and follow with a quick release to let off the remaining steam. The quinoa will continue to cook during the natural release and will absorb any remaining liquid.
  • Open the lid and add a dollop of butter or a few drizzles of olive oil. Use a fork to fluff up and stir the quinoa. Serve as is or with some fresh herbs on top.


Use 1 ½ cups of water for every cup of quinoa.


Serving: 4g | Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 319mg | Potassium: 360mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 0.003g | Vitamin A: 71IU | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 3mg
Made this recipe?Mention @instantpoteats or tag #instantpoteats!


Below you will find a collection of healthy and delicious Instant Pot recipes using quinoa. We have hearty stews and soups, colorful and fresh salads and breakfast porridge-like creations. 

Instant Pot Quinoa Breakfast Bowl Recipe

Instant Pot Quinoa Breakfast Bowl Recipe

A healthy, filling, make-ahead Instant Pot Quinoa Breakfast bowl recipe that you can make in just about 20 minutes. Made with almond milk, this gluten-free, no-sugar-added, and vegan breakfast quinoa bowl is guaranteed to jump-start your morning. Get the recipe here.

Mexican Instant Pot Quinoa With Cilantro & Lime Dressing

Mexican Instant Pot Quinoa With Cilantro Lime Dressing

The quinoa is perfectly pressure-cooked together with colorful veggies and Mexican-inspired spices, so it absorbs all those beautiful warm and earthy flavors while still in the pot. Cilantro and lime sauce is then drizzled over the top. Get the recipe here.

Instant Pot Garlic Mushroom Quinoa With Cherry Tomatoes

Garlic Mushroom Quinoa Instant Pot Recipe

This gorgeous Instant Pot quinoa dish is perfect for a lazy, nutritious dinner. Made with garlic mushrooms and cherry tomatoes, it’s vegan, gluten-free and can be served as a main or a side dish. Get the recipe here.

Cilantro Lime Instant Pot Quinoa

Cilantro Lime Instant Pot Quinoa

Quinoa is the building block of any basic burrito bowl, but adding cilantro lime flavor just takes it to the next level. Get the recipe here.

Instant Pot Pumpkin Quinoa Breakfast Porridge

Instant Pot Pumpkin Quinoa Breakfast Porridge

Just throw everything into the pressure cooker and a delicious breakfast is “ready in a jiffy ” A perfect fall breakfast. Taste like pumpkin pie with protein-rich Quinoa. Get the recipe here.

Quinoa Corn & Crispy Bacon Salad (Instant Pot or Stovetop)

Quinoa Corn & Crispy Bacon Salad (Instant Pot or Stovetop Method)

Learn how to make delicious, satiating quinoa, corn, and bacon salad with cherry tomatoes, peppers, cilantro and feta, drizzled with yummy lemon, honey, and mustard dressing. Get the recipe here.

Instant Pot Quinoa Sweet Potato Chili


This quinoa chili has the perfect combo of flavors, it is a little sweet from the sweet potatoes, and balanced with savory onions, garlic, and peppers, then the chili powder adds a nice warmth that you expect from chili. Get the recipe here.

Instant Pot Miso Quinoa With Mushrooms & Peppers

Instant Pot Quinoa With Miso, Mushrooms & Peppers

A combination of raw miso paste, tomato paste, and Tamari or soy sauce, infuse this dish with real umami flavor, known as the fifth taste. It’s a little salty and savory, tickling your tastebuds in all the right ways. Get the recipe here.

Quinoa Breakfast Porridge

Instant Pot Quinoa Breakfast Porridge

This soaked Instant Pot Quinoa Breakfast Porridge is a gluten-free, grain-free dairy-free breakfast that’s easy, digestible, and has just 4 ingredients! Get the recipe here.

Vegetable Quinoa Soup


Healthy and well-balanced, this Vegetable Quinoa Soup filled with hearty vegetables, protein-rich quinoa and beans is oil-free and so easy to make using a slow cooker, Instant Pot, or stovetop method! Get the recipe here.

Instant Pot Kale & Quinoa Pilaf (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian)

This delicious and healthy one-pot Instant Pot kale and quinoa pilaf is a fantastic vegetarian meal bursting with gorgeous flavors and textures. Cooked in a tasty broth and served with freshly chopped parsley, goat’s feta cheese, and toasted almonds. Get the recipe here.

Hearty Buffalo Chicken Quinoa


A healthy casserole-style recipe made in the Instant Pot in less than 20 minutes with broccoli and corn. It’s perfect for an easy weeknight dinner or meal prep lunches. Add a little cheese on top to balance out the spicy sauce. Get the recipe here.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Breakfast Quinoa


The perfect quick and delicious breakfast! Made in under 20 minutes in your instant pot, this simple, wholesome meal will leave you feeling full all day! Get the recipe here.

Instant Pot Quinoa With Broccoli & Cheese

Instant Pot Quinoa With Broccoli & Cheese

This casserole-inspired Instant Pot quinoa with broccoli and melted cheese is a one-pot, dump-it-all, vegetarian, and gluten-free dinner recipe you can make in 10-15 minutes with your pressure cooker. Get the recipe here.

Curried Sweet Potato Chickpea Quinoa

Instant Pot Curried Sweet Potato Chickpea Quinoa

A healthy, wholesome vegan meal made in the Instant Pot. So easy to put together, vegan, and gluten-free! Eat it for lunch/dinner or pack it for your lunch box. Also great for meal prep. Get the recipe here.

Instant Pot Jerk Chicken & Quinoa

Instant Pot Jerk Chicken & Quinoa

Learn how to make healthy and delicious Instant Pot jerk chicken and quinoa with this easy pot-in-pot recipe. This dish is gluten-free, dairy-free and packed with protein, fibre, and nutrients. Get the recipe here.

Instant Pot Mediterranean Quinoa

Instant Pot Mediterranean Quinoa

This Instant Pot Mediterranean Quinoa is simple to make and full of fresh flavors. This recipe is perfect on its own, or add your favorite choice of protein, and serve it cold as a salad or warm as a side, you cannot go wrong with this. Get the recipe here.

Instant Pot Quinoa Vegetable Tabbouleh Salad

This Instant Pot quinoa salad is fluffy, full of chewy texture, and pairs well with vegetables and bright flavors of fresh lemon juice and herbs for a great grab-and-go meal prep lunch. Get the recipe here.

Instant Pot Quinoa Khichdi

Instant Pot Quinoa Khichdi

A delicious, nutritious meal with veggies & a generous amount of ghee that’s so comforting. If you love one-pot meals that are filling, healthy & super easy, then, you must not miss this one. Get the recipe here.

Instant Pot Honey Dijon Chicken Quinoa Bowls

Instant Pot Honey Dijon Chicken Quinoa Bowls

A simple and tasty meal prep lunch idea that you can make ahead for the work week – the secret sauce is honey mustard so you can make this recipe using mostly pantry staples! Get the recipe here.

Instant pot Pineapple Quinoa Fried Rice

Instant pot Pineapple Quinoa Fried Rice

This vegan quinoa fried rice is a lovely blend of sweet and savory flavors, is packed with protein, and gluten-free. Get the recipe here.

Save Instant Pot Quinoa Recipes To Pinterest

Best Instant Pot Recipes With Quinoa
Instant Pot Recipes
By Instant Pot Eats

About us: We are a team of Instant Pot enthusiasts, who love good food and cooking. Our blog is dedicated to delicious Instant Pot recipes you can make using your trusted pressure cooker.
PS. This post may contain Amazon affiliate links, which means we receive a small commission for purchases made through these links. 

More about us here »


Made the recipe? Leave a rating as it helps other readers to discover this dish. You don’t need to comment to leave a rating, unless it’s 3 stars or below.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating



You Might Also Like