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Best Way To Cook Quinoa

Perfectly Cooked Quinoa

Quinoa is a healthy super food that can be cooked on the stove top or in the Instant Pot and will be light and fluffy each and every time!
Course Side Dish
Servings 3 cups


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cup Cups Water/Chicken Broth reduce to 1 cup if using the Instant Pot
  • kosher salt to taste.


Stove Top Instructions

  • Pour the quinoa into a fine mesh colander and rinse under cold running water for 1 minute, shaking as it rinses to allow all of the quinoa to be rinsed. Drain well.
  • In a medium size saucepan add the rinsed quinoa and water/chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Once it begins to boil reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Continue to cook until all the water/broth has been absorbed. This will take approximately 10 minutes. As the quinoa cooks, gradually reduce the heat setting to maintain a gentle simmer.
  • Remove the pot from heat, cover, and let sit untouched for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork.
  • Season with salt, to taste.

Instant Pot Instructions

  • Add 1 cup of water to the liner of the Instant Pot.
  • Rinse the quinoa for 1 minute in a fine mesh strainer.
  • Add the rinsed quinoa and 1 cup water/broth to an oven safe bowl that fits in your Instant Pot.
  • Add a trivet to the Instant Pot and place the bowl on top of the trivet.
  • Lock the lid in the sealing position and Manual/Pressure Cook for 1 minute on High Pressure.
  • Allow for Natural Pressure Release for 10 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure.
  • Fluff with fork, and season with salt to taste.


To intensify the flavor of the quinoa, toast it in a skillet or on the saute function of the Instant Pot for 3-5 minutes.
Use cooked quinoa as a side dish, in other recipes or freeze for later use.
Recipe provided by Make Your Meals
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