How to make delicious, fluffy, perfectly cooked quinoa in the Instant Pot.
I’m glad the weekend is over!
The kids and I were basically housebound, as my husband worked Saturday and Sunday, and my gym has officially closed the daycare both days. (Boooooo to you, DF!)
Our big adventure for Saturday was going to the library and Trader Joe’s. Of course, Sammy was in a helluva mood, making both stops nearly unbearable.
Let me tell you, I was NOT prepared for the barbarity that comes with having a boy. I pictured a little dude wearing baseball hats, giving me sloppy, chocolate-mouthed kisses, kicking soccer balls, and playing with tractors.
I do so love Sam, but he’s smack in the middle of the 2-3 year old Veruca Salt ‘I Want It Now’ stage, and it is driving his mother nutzo *insert fried mama emoji*.
He made up for his bad behavior Saturday by being a relatively good boy Sunday, though.
We all got into the pool for a bit, ate olive oil popcorn, and watched I Love Lucy for a solid portion of the day. I’m typically a cleaning, cooking busy mom machine, but vowed this day to let it all go in favor of some fun, down time.
Trying to keep my supermom act going into the night, I let the girls choose what dinner I made…and by ‘choose’ I mean select from four or five of my suggestions. Hey, otherwise we’d be having pizza with a side of ice cream… *again, fried mama emoji*.
The girls chose my Mexican Quinoa Casserole, so I decided to show you all how I make my Instant Pot quinoa!
I’ve read a few different techniques online, and while they’re all fairly similar, I’ve tried to streamline my method in this post.
Why use an Instant Pot for quinoa??
Why oh why oh why….
Well, like I’ve said in the past with Instant Pot Rice, this nifty gadget allows you freedom. Freedom to go about your life! No more watching the pot for starchy run over or burning grains.
This electric wonder also produces consistently fluffy quinoa. Not too mushy, not too hard, just perfectly soft, individual grains for everyone’s enjoyment!
Rinse and drain the quinoa…
Add the quinoa to the Instant Pot…
Add the water…
Set the timer…
The Easiest Instant Pot Quinoa
- 2 cups quinoa
- 2 cups water
- Rinse and drain your quinoa in a sieve.
- Place your quinoa into an Instant Pot.
- Add in the two cups of water.
- Close and seal the Instant Pot.
- Hit the 'Manual' button and set the timer to 1 minute.
- Hit 'Manual' again and let the quinoa cook.
- After the Instant Pot beeps, allow it to sit as is for another 10 minutes before venting the steam.
- After 10 minutes, vent any remaining steam and open the lid when the float valve is down.
- Fluff, season, and enjoy!
It takes about five minutes for the Instant Pot to pressurize and begin cooking.
Some of the items used in this recipe include:
And, if you’re looking for a few delicious ways to use your quinoa, you might take a peek at some of these recipes!