Instant Pot Quinoa –I love the Instant Pot! It makes cooking so much easier, and I can get dinner on the table in minutes. Quinoa is such a versatile ingredient, and it’s also really healthy too.
There’s a lot of buzz around the Instant Pot these days. This post will be about how to cook quinoa in an Instant Pot, and some other tips for cooking with one. Quinoa is a healthy grain that contains all nine essential amino acids and has lots of fiber. It’s also gluten-free and vegan-friendly! The best part? It cooks up in about 10 minutes in your InstantPot!
The beauty of the Instant Pot is that it can do so much more than just pressure cooking. You can use it as a rice cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker (and incubator!), saute pan or deep fryer.
If you’re a cook, then you know how difficult it can be to find new and interesting recipes. The Instnat Pot Quinao Rice is the perfect base for a lot of your porteins, add it on top, for some great and healthy meal ideas.
If you love a great and easy rice for a side dish, the Instnat Pot is the perfcect place to make your side dish. Some of my favorite Instnat Pot Rice Dishes are INSTANT POT CHICKEN AND RICE, INSTANT POT FARRO, NINJA FOODI SHRIMP RISOTTO, and INSTANT POT VEGETABLE FRIED RICE.
What is Quinoa?
Quinoa is a seed that can be cooked and eaten like rice. It’s not only gluten-free but also high in protein, iron, and fiber. This makes it an excellent food for people with celiac disease or other sensitivities to gluten and wheat products. And unlike brown rice, quinoa has very little starch so it cooks up light and fluffy with a nutty flavor. Quinoa is versatile – you can use it as the base for salads or stews or even make your own DIY energy bars out of it!
Ingredients Needed For Instant Pot Quinoa
- Water or Broth
How To Make Instant Pot Quinoa
Start by rinsing the Quinoa, in cold water, in a small strainer. Then add it to the Instant Pot, then add the water, and salt, stir. We are making sure that the quinoa is under the water or broth.
Either use the rice setting or manual high-pressure set the time for 1 minute. Make sure that the vent is sealed. When the timer is up, let the pressure cooker naturally release.
Fluff and serve.
Why rinse quinoa?
Quinoa is one of the most nutritious foods in the world. It is a complete protein, meaning it contains all eight essential amino acids for humans, with higher proportions than other grains like rice or wheat.
Quinoa also has more fiber and fewer carbohydrates than any other grain with similar nutritional makeup. But why do we rinse quinoa before using it? Quinoa naturally contains saponin, which can make it taste not very pleasant if not rinsed thoroughly. Rinsing removes this natural coating that surrounds each seed, thereby making your quinoa tastier and easier to cook!
What Liquids Can I Use In Making Instant Pot Quinoa?
Instant Pot Quinoa is a delicious, nutritious meal. But what liquids can you use in making it? You can use a few different ones. Some of my favorites are:
- Vegetable Broth: This is perfect if you are trying to keep your quinoa as a vegetarian dish.
- Chicken or Beef Broth: If you are pairing your quinoa with either beef or chicken dish, it’s great to have the base flavors match the main meal.
- Water: A neutral flavor that will enhance the taste of the quinoa.
How To Store Cooked Quinoa
Are you an avid cook and quinoa lover? You’ve come to the right place! We’ll show you how to store cooked quinoa for up to a week. Quinoa is a great food because it’s easy to make, healthy, and tasty.
But if left in the fridge uncovered or with other foods such as raw vegetables or meats, it will absorb those smells and tastes over time which can ruin the flavor of your dish.
Follow these steps on storing cooked quinoa:
- 1) put your bowl of hot (or cold) cooked quinoa into an airtight container;
- 2) cover it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil;
- 3) refrigerate immediately after cooking;
- 4) eat within one week for best taste
How To Freeze Cooked Quinoa
Quinoa is a great food for those looking to have a protein-packed meal. It’s also simple to cook and can be made in large batches. If you’re not using the quinoa as soon as it is cooked, consider freezing it so that you can enjoy it later on. Here are some steps to follow when freezing cooked quinoa:
- Allow the quinoa to cool completely after cooking before transferring it from its cooking pot into an airtight container or bag with one inch of space at the top
- Place your frozen bag of quinoa flat in your freezer until solid (this will take around 2 hours).
- When ready to eat, remove from freezer and microwave as usual or reheat over stovetop as desired.
MORE INSTANT POT RECIPES:
- INSTANT POT CHICKEN AND RICE
- INSTANT POT FARRO
- NINJA FOODI SHRIMP RISOTTO
- INSTANT POT VEGETABLE FRIED RICE
- INSTANT POT BASMATI RICE
- 1 cup of quinoa
- 1cup of water
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- Start by rinsing the Quinoa, in cold water, in a small strainer.
- Then add it to the Instant Pot, then add the water, and salt, stir. We are making sure that the quinoa is under the water or broth.
- Either use the rice setting or manual high-pressure set the time for 1 minute. Make sure that the vent is sealed. When the timer is up, let the pressure cooker naturally release.
- Fluff the rice with a fork.
- Plate, serve, and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 56Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 270mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g
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