Instant Pot quinoa in a small bowl.

The Amazing 1-Minute Quinoa

The fastest way to cook perfectly fluffy quinoa in your pressure cooker! Great time-saver for meal prep or busy weeknights.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot quinoa
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 156 kcal
Author Anna


  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups water
US Customary - Metric


  1. Place quinoa and water in the stainless steel insert of your Instant Pot.
  2. Close the lid and set the valve to "sealing" position.
  3. Press "manual" and adjust timer to 1 minutes.
  4. The pressure cooker will beep shortly and start coming to pressure. It takes only a few minutes.
  5. Once done, the Instant Pot will beep again. Press "cancel/off" button. Do not release pressure.
  6. Let the Instant Pot release pressure naturally for about 3 to 4 minutes. Then switch valve to "venting" position and release pressure.
  7. Carefully open lid away from your face. The liquid should be absorbed completely by quinoa. Stir quinoa. It should be fluffy.

Recipe Notes

One cup of dry quinoa makes 3 cups of cooked quinoa.

Nutrition Facts
The Amazing 1-Minute Quinoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 156 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 8mg0%
Potassium 239mg7%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 6g12%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.