I am IN LOVE with my Instant Pot. Who knew this could be a thing. I really am though. Instant Pot Quinoa is the best quinoa you’ve ever tried! Make it a Quinoa Bowl with egg, avocado and veggies and you have a full and well balanced meal in less than 30 minutes.
At first I couldn’t understand the hype around the Instant Pot *. I mean, it’s just a fancy pot, right? Once I got one I understood. Cooking sweet potatoes in it won me over! It’s simply so amazing to be able to leave it completely unattended. I can go about doing other stuff while food is cooking. I don’t have to keep and eye on it. No need to increase and decrease heat to avoid stuff from boiling over. I don’t need to even be in the kitchen for it to do its work. Like how awesome is that?
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How to make Instant Pot Quinoa
It’s super duper easy to make Quinoa in the Instant Pot and it tastes so much better than made in a regular pot. FOR REALZ!! I’m half Peruvian. I’ve eaten quinoa since I was a baby. It was probably one of my first foods. Never did it occur to me there could still be a way to prepare quinoa that I didn’t know yet. There is ALWAYS a new way ;)
If you are one of the people that don’t like quinoa because it’s always kinda mushy, try making it in the Instant Pot! It’s not mushy AT.ALL!
Since the instant pot doesn’t let the steam release you need less water and less water means less mush. You basically need just the perfect amount of water to cook it. You don’t have to account for water that evaporates during the cooking process.
Fry the quinoa for a couple minutes before cooking with chopped onion and crushed garlic and OMG you end up with the best quinoa you’ve tried in your life. I’m serious!
Step by step instructions on how to make quinoa in the Instant Pot
So here the steps one by one:
> Heat Instant Pot by hitting the “Sauté” button.
> Once hot (the display will conveniently say “hot”), add a splash of oil, chopped onion and crushed garlic. Sauté for a minute or until onion starts to become translucent.
> Add quinoa and a bit of sea salt and fry for a good 3-5 minutes while constantly stirring.
> Add the same amount of water as you added quinoa (1-1 ratio). Put on the lid on, make sure the venting knob is set to “sealing” and press on cancel to reprogram.
> Press on the “Manual” button and set to 1 minute (make sure it’s also set on high pressure by pressing the “Pressure” button if necessary and set a timer on your phone for 21 minutes.
> Once your phone alarm goes off, the pressure should have all be released naturally and you can remove the lid and you have perfectly cooked quinoa.
The Instant Pot needs 5 minutes to build up pressure and then the quinoa should cook 1 minute under high pressure and 15 minutes under natural pressure release. Basically “remaining” pressure and heat. Thus 21 minutes in total.
Instant Pot Quinoa Bowl with Egg
That best part about making a Quinoa Bowl with Egg using an Instant Pot: you can cook the quinoa and egg in one go, in one pot, at the same time. Woot woot!
The egg comes out PERFECTLY hard-boiled. The quinoa doesn’t even really have to be fluffed up with a fork because it’s not mushy and doesn’t stick into a big ball. And the 21 minutes you are leaving the pot unattended can be used to chop up some veggies, wash the chopping board and knife, clean up your kitchen, prepare a nice dressing, set the table and scroll through Facebook :P
Instant Pot Quinoa Bowl with Tahini Dressing
A quinoa bowl is not a quinoa bowl without a fancy dressing! This fancy dressing has only 4 ingredients and I’d say any well stocked pantry has all the ingredients on hand :)
Tahini, lemon juice, honey and flavorless oil. That’s it. You don’t need salt because the quinoa has it already. Shake or whisk and you’re done.
This dressing tastes great on any kind of bowl food by the way.
Instant Pot Quinoa Bowl with Veggies
You can add absolutely ANY veggies you like to your quinoa bowl. I love to add raw veggies but steamed or roasted veggies are great, too. Just choose your 3 or 4 favorite and prepare whichever way you wish. Add on top and voilá you end up with the most amazing Instant Pot Quinoa Bowl ever.
One veggie, well technically fruit, you can’t miss is avocado. It’s the only one I suggest you definitely add. It makes the quinoa bowl super duper creamy. It also provides healthy fat for your healthy diet. Avocados are always a good idea :)
Use a melon baller to form pretty balls and “beautify” your quinoa bowl.