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How to Cook Quinoa (Stove or Instant Pot)

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Learn how to cook quinoa on the stove top and in the Instant Pot. This nutritious seed is packed with protein and is extremely versatile - see my easy quinoa recipes below. Cooking perfect quinoa is quick and easy!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 78kcal

Ingredients

To Cook on the Stove:

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 ¾ cups water or low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt optional (omit if cooking quinoa in broth)

To Cook in the Instant Pot:

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 cup water or low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt optional (omit if cooking quinoa in broth)

Instructions

To Cook on the Stove:

  • Rinse quinoa under cold running water for about 1 minute. Drain.
  • Place quinoa, water or broth, and salt (optional) in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until all of the water is absorbed. This will take between 10-18 minutes, depending on how much quinoa you are cooking. My 1 cup of quinoa took 14 minutes to cook at a low simmer.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and let rest, covered, for 5 minutes. Use a fork to fluff and separate the quinoa.

To Cook in the Instant Pot:

  • Rinse quinoa under cold running water for about 1 minute. Drain.
  • Place quinoa, water or broth, and salt (optional) in Instant Pot. Close the lid and turn the steam valve to the sealing position.
  • Cook on high pressure/manual for 1 minute.
  • When the Instant Pot beeps a few times to let you know that the cook time has finished, let it do a natural pressure release. This just means leave the Instant Pot alone until the pin drops down. Move the steam valve to the venting position to make sure all of the steam has escaped and then carefully remove the lid.
  • Use a fork to fluff and separate the quinoa.

Notes

  • Recipe may be scaled up or down to cook more or less quinoa. When cooking quinoa on the stove, the quantity you are cooking will affect the cook time. A smaller amount of quinoa will cook faster than a larger amount. Check on your quinoa every few minutes. It is done when all of the liquid has been absorbed. When cooking quinoa in the Instant Pot, the cook time remains the same no matter how much quinoa you are cooking.
  • Make Ahead: You can refrigerate or freeze your cooked quinoa. Cool quinoa completely and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
  • Nutrition information is for quinoa cooked in water without salt.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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