How to cook Quinoa in the Instant Pot + Greek Quinoa Salad
Quinoa in the Instant Pot?
I’m surprised you didn’t see it coming. It was just a matter of time… LOL
I suspected this tiny grain would work out well in a pressure cooker. So I took a look around online and discovered how to adapt my cooking method for the IP.
And I’m happy to report it worked out , just the way I hoped it would.
Now, I’m not sure if you my readers are fans of Quinoa, but if you’re not you might want to reconsider this super grain, because it packs a lot of goodness.
Quinoa is a low calorie, gluten free grain that is high in fiber and good quality protein. It also delivers a good dose of iron and potassium.
And best of all it tastes great and is the perfect substitute for rice.
I especially love it in my Greek salad, because it turns my summer fresh side dish into a complete meal, without the addition of meat. Bonus points!
So here you go…
You get two recipes today.
The first shows you how to cook the quinoa in the Instant Pot, and the second gives you a way to use that delicious and perfectly cooked grain.
Instant Pot Quinoa
How to cook Quinoa in the Instant Pot
- Instant Pot
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 cup Quinoa rinsed in fine mesh sieve, drained
- 1 1/2 cup vegetable broth (or chicken broth) or water + 1/4 tsp salt
- Add olive oil to Instant Pot, press SAUTE mode and let oil heat until display reads HOT.
- Add rinsed and drained Quinoa to pot and toast in the oil for about a minute, stirring often.
- Press CANCEL.Add broth (or water and salt) to the Instant Pot.
- Lock on lid and turn pressure valve on lid to SEALING.Choose PRESSURE COOK mode and adjust timer to 1 minute.
- When timer beeps done, let pot run on natural pressure release for 10 minutes (display will count up).Carefully turn pressure valve on lid to VENTING to release any remaining pressure.Open lid and fluff Quinoa with a fork. It is now ready to serve as desired.
Greek Quinoa Salad
Greek Quinoa Salad
- 3 cups cooked Quinoa
- 3 cups grape tomatoes sliced in half
- 1 cucumber diced
- 3/4 cup Kalamata olives
- 1/4-1/2 cup diced red onion optional
- 1/4-1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese (try the Vegan Feta if you eat plant based/vegan)
- Greek salad dressing ( make your own by whisking together 1/4 cup olive oil + 1 tsp balsamic vinegar + 2 tbsp lemon juice + 1 minced garlic clove + 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano + salt and pepper )
- Add quinoa to a large salad bowl.
- Top with tomatoes, cucumber, olives and onion.
- Sprinkle salad with Feta cheese and drizzle with salad dressing.Serve and enjoy.
PIN ME FOR LATER
Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
This looks like a fresh and healthy salad. Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party! Have a fabulous week.
Its delish and I hope you get the chance to try it! have a great weekend
I love quinoa and wouldn’t have thought to cook it in an Instant Pot. Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home. –Jennifer
it’s surprisingly easy, I was so pleased with how the quinoa cooked up in the IP. thanks for hosting a great link up
A great way to prepare the Quinoa and this will be a delicious salad! Hope you are having a good week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
Your post was featured on Full Plate Thursday,466 ! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us and sure hope you come back again!
Thank you that’s fantastic!
The IP is just such a game-changer for cooking grains, isn’t it! Or almost anything!! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday this week!
Boy is it ever! I’ve had mine for almost 2 yrs now and I honestly love it
I do not have an instapot, but I do love quinoa! I wish my family did, but pretty much just me.
I love it in salad too! Better than rice. I love to season it well and add olive oil, pumpkin seeds, and cayenne, then wrap it in seaweed sheets. Yum!
Have a great week!
Ridge Haven Homestead
Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories
I love quinoa salad. thanks for sharing. pinned it and stoppping by from making a home party!
It’s a really good tasting salad, hope you get the chance to try it. Thanks for dropping in and taking time to comment, I really appreciate it.
Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook
Looks yum! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks a bunch for sharing at Fiesta Friday!