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Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Quinoa

This Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Quinoa is a breeze to make! It makes a great side dish and is also a great addition to a salad! In one pressure cooking minute you’ll have perfectly fluffy quinoa.

Quinoa is an amazing plant protein source but it’s also a little carb heavy. Make sure to watch your portion size if you’re trying to lose weight. I love this recipe because it is just so yummy and a little of it fills you right up!

Over the past few years Quinoa has become a good alternative to other foods such as rice and for good reasons! Quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids. It is also high in fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E, and various beneficial antioxidants. So basically this super food is a key nutrient I highly recommend adding to your diet if you are not eating it already.

This is a great dish to make for a light dinner and is also great to eat later. Preparation for this meal is very easy and only has 6 easy steps before you put it in your Instant Pot. After you put it in your Instant Pot, all you have to do is wait for your Instant Pot to beep and then wait 10 minutes for all the pressure to release. Once the pot has finished venting remove the lid and add the baby spinach. Mix all of it together until the quinoa wilts and that is when you know its good to go.

This is a recipe that everyone will love, so serve it to everyone and watch the smiles quickly come from their faces.

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Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Quinoa

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  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup chopped baby spinach


  • Add the quinoa, water, lemon juice, garlic powder, and sea salt to your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.
  • Place the lid on your pressure cooker and make sure the vent valve is in the SEALING position.
  • Using the display panel select the MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK function, high pressure. Then use the +/- buttons until the display panel reads 1(minute, not hour).
  • When the pot beeps to let you know it's finished cooking let it naturally release the pressure for 10 minutes. Then move the vent valve to the VENTING position.
  • As soon as the pot has finished venting remove the lid and add the baby spinach. Mix it into the quinoa until it wilts.
Servings: 4
Author: Brittany Williams


  1. Made this and loved it! I forgot the spinach at the end. I put the trivet and the steamer basket in on top and added frozen mixed veggies and a couple of fish fillets in parchment/foil packets on top of it all. I added one extra minute because I was afraid the fish wouldn’t get done all the way and it came out perfect. It was a perfect side even without the spinach! Thanks for another great recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Loved this, this was only my second time making quinoa and this recipe was super easy and flavorful! Will be making again!

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