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Instant Pot Pineapple Teriyaki Quinoa

This Instant Pot Pineapple Teriyaki Quinoa is a nice change of pace from our regular meal rotation.

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You want to know something strange? I don’t like pineapple on pizza but I love it it in everything else!  It’s my hope that it might be a refreshing new meal for you as well! 

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After you’re finished making this dish it is best to let it sit for a bit to absorb all of the juices. Initially it will be a little soupy but the longer it sits the more it fluffs and absorbs! 

Instant Pot Pineapple Teriyaki Quinoa

Quinoa tends to get lumped into the grain category but it’s actually not a grain! It’s part of a group of pseudocereals, making it neither a cereal nor a grain, more closely related to spinach and beets than to cereals or grains.

Some who do not handle grain well will notice that they respond similarly to quinoa. Thankfully our family process’ quinoa just fine. I do notice that if I eat more than one helping I tend to have more gas and bloating, a side effect of the outer coating, which is why it’s important to wash your quinoa before cooking.

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I will add chicken to this dish on occasion but honestly, I don’t feel like it needs it. If I’m going to add anything I add extra veggies. This dish is scrumptious with a red bell pepper, broccoli, and asparagus. Frozen stir-fry veggies work very well here too.

The star of the dish is the pineapple though. There’s just something about pineapple that makes me extra happy. 


Note: There are a lot of different veggies you can add to this dish! Red bell pepper, broccoli, and asparagus are some of my favorites. Don’t be afraid to change it up!


If you make this recipe please share a link to the recipe online and tag me (@instantloss)! I love to see what you are cooking up in your kitchen! 

Start Here Before/After instantloss.comBrittany Williams has taken the weight loss world by storm with her best-selling Instant Loss Cookbook. After reaching a peak weight of 260 pounds and spending a lifetime struggling with obesity, yo-yo dieting, autoimmune diseases, and chronic fatigue, Brittany changed her relationship with food and lost an astonishing 125 pounds in a year through diet alone.

Brittany’s latest book, Instant Loss Eat Real, Lose Weight shows how to make this a sustainable lifestyle with kid and family-friendly meals—from Strawberry Shortcake Oatmeal to Cowboy Chili to Easy 2-Minute Pork Chops. Members of her growing community have reported losing 50 and even 100 pounds themselves! This cookbook will help others achieve similar success with simple, delicious meals, nearly all ready in 30 minutes or less.

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Instant Pot Pineapple Teriyaki Quinoa

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  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) bag sugar snap peas
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple, diced
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos or low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Place all ingredients in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker and stir.
  • Put the lid on your pot, makes sure the vent valve is in the SEALING position.
  • Using the display panel program your pot. Select the MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK function. Use the +/- buttons until the display reads 8.
  • When the pot is done cooking let it naturally release the pressure for 2 minutes and then open the vent valve.
  • When you remove the lid there will still be juices that need to be absorbed by the quinoa so let it cool and soak up those yummy juices before you serve! Enjoy!


There are a lot of different veggies you can add to this dish! Red bell pepper, broccoli, and asparagus are some of my favorites. Don't be afraid to change it up!
Servings: 4
Author: Brittany Williams


  1. This sounds and looks lovely Brittney! Yum. I can’t wait to make this. We’re in the middle of moving and the hubby packed my instantpot!!! I told him not to but oh well. I’ll try to make this this week.

  2. I would want to add chicken to this so that I can have a complete meal with protein. When/how would I do that? (New to instant pot cooking!)

    1. Quinoa is a complete protein. 🙂 If you feel like you need an animal protein source you can add the chicken at the beginning. A 4-6 oz chicken breast only takes about 6 minutes to cook in the Instant Pot.

  3. From the moment I saw this recipe, I craved it. Made it today and the flavor was fabulous. I had to modify based on what I had, and through this learned some lessons- next time will be better. Here is what I did and what happened: **First, what SIZE can of coconut milk?** I used the larger one, coconut cream. Second, I used canned pineapple chunks, drained. Third, to make it vegan for my daughter, I subbed 1/2 the amount of agave for the honey. Fourth, i used frozen snap peas which turned to mush. So in the end…the flavor was great, but I ended up added more cooked quinoa to some up excess liquid and whole dish was pretty mushy. Next time, I will be sure to use fresh snap peas and hope for more crunch. Again though – flavor was great.

    1. Glad to hear I was not alone in having my sugar snap peas turn to mush! I wonder what the solution is as the recipe calls for frozen and I find fresh ones hard to find. I’m new to this and this is the first recipe I cooked aside from steaming (hard boiling) eggs.

  4. Hi! I just discovered you and love readying your story and blog! A couple questions about this recipe,
    I don’t have an instant pot but I have a breville brand that’s comparable, are cooking times the same? (For any pressure cooker/crock pot)
    The 1tsp of onion, is that fresh or the dried spice version? Or is it bc they release sugars?? Thanks!! 🙂 laura

  5. Hey Brittany, this sounds so yummy. But my cooker is a Cuisinart, not an Instant Pot. Do you know how I would modify the cooking times/levels? Thanks!

  6. I made this for dinner tonight. It was good. I will make it again and would like to try different veggies. I agree that it would be great with broccoli and peppers. What an easy and versatile dish!

  7. Made this again tonight. My 16 year old son LOVES it. Would eat the whole pan if I let him! FIrst Meatless monday dish he has liked!
    Thank you!

  8. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I only had canned pineapple and it worked fine. I could have added more quinoa for the extra liquid but worked out fine anyway. I left the veggies out just so I could add different freezer veggies because I’m using as my meal prep!

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