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How to Cook Red Quinoa in the Instant Pot

Simple, easy, healthy and delicious Instant Pot Red Quinoa. Learn how to make this extra nutritious and nutty variety of quinoa in your pressure cooker + tips and tricks for the fluffiest results, health benefits and the best recipes for making use of your perfect Instant Pot Red Quinoa!

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time14 mins
Additional Time10 mins
Total Time29 mins
Course: Appetizers, Entrées, Instant Pot, Sides
Cuisine: Pressure Cooking, South American, Vegan
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Fat, Low Lactose, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 3 cups cooked quinoa
Calories: 114kcal
Author: Kristen Wood


  • 1 cup uncooked red quinoa rinsed & drained
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • olive oil optional


  • Place quinoa, water, salt into the inner pot of your Instant Pot.
  • Stir, then put the lid on your Instant Pot and make sure the vent is sealed.
  • Cook on manual high-pressure for 14 minutes.
  • Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and then open the vent and release the steam.
  • Optionally, drizzle with a touch of olive oil and then fluff the quinoa with a fork before serving.
  • Enjoy!



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Serving: 1g | Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 362mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g