Fluffy Soaked Quinoa In The Instant Pot
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That sounds like an infomercial, doesn’t it?
For real, using my Instant Pot to cook perfectly fluffy quinoa in just 4 (yes, you read that right) minutes is truly a wonder!
And to make my quinoa even more digestible, I start with a long soak in water and apple cider vinegar. This reduces phytic acid and the bitter saponins (outer coating that protects quinoa from insects) in quinoa that cause digestive distress.
Phytic acid is found in all grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes. It binds to the minerals in the foods you eat, preventing your body from absorbing them properly. Too much phytic acid in the diet leads to loss of minerals, tooth decay, and nutritional deficiencies. If you’re going to eat grains, seeds, nuts, or legumes, always, always, ALWAYS soak or sprout them first! (Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon Morell is the BEST resource I have ever found that explains why this is so important and how to do it for just about every grain, nut, seed, and legume imaginable!)
Fun fact: quinoa is actually a seed — NOT a grain. So if you’re following a gluten-free/grain-free diet (and tolerate quinoa), you can definitely eat it!
So here’s how you make fluffy soaked quinoa in the Instant Pot!
Fluffy Soaked Quinoa In The Instant Pot
Here’s what you need:
- 2 cups organic quinoa
- 3 cups water
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- additional water or bone broth (measure the amount using the formula below)
Here’s how to do it:
First, place the quinoa, water, and ACV in a glass bowl. Stir together and cover. Set aside for at least 8, but not more than 24 hours.
See all that bubbly foam? That’s the phytic acid being broken down!
Second, pour the soaked quinoa into a fine mesh sieve, catching the soaking liquid in a bowl or quart-size Pyrex measuring cup. Set aside. Then rinse the soaked quinoa very well under cool, running water. Place the rinsed quinoa into the Instant Pot.
Now, note the amount of liquid you caught. Subtract the amount of liquid you caught from the 3 cups of soaking water you started with.
(For instance, if you caught 2 cups of water, then 3-2=1. So the quinoa absorbed 1 cup of water while soaking. If you caught 2-1/2 cups of water, that means the quinoa absorbed 1/2 cup of water while soaking. And so on.)
Cooking 2 cups of unsoaked quinoa in the Instant Pot requires 3 cups of liquid. However, soaked quinoa requires less cooking liquid because the quinoa has already absorbed liquid during soaking.
Does that make sense?
So for 2 cups of soaked quinoa in the Instant Pot, subtract the amount of water the quinoa retained after soaking — then ADD that amount of cooking liquid back.
I had 1 cup of soaking liquid left after draining my quinoa. So my quinoa absorbed 2 cups of the soaking liquid. To cook the quinoa, I added 1 cup of broth to the Instant Pot.
Cook on high pressure in the “Manual” setting for 4 minutes. Immediately release the steam, remove the lid, and fluff the quinoa with a fork.
Unless your quinoa was extremely dry or left uncovered and soaking liquid evaporated, you shouldn’t be left with less than a cup of soaking liquid.
Never add less than 1 cup of cooking liquid — even if you caught more than 2 cups of soaking liquid. The Instant Pot requires at least 1 cup of liquid to properly come to pressure.
For example, if you caught 2-1/2 cups of soaking liquid, by my ratios you would only need to add 1/2 cup of cooking liquid. But that’s not enough liquid to cause the Instant Pot to come to pressure. So you should add a full cup of cooking liquid anyway.
If there’s more than a little bit of cooking liquid left after releasing pressure, cook on high pressure for 1 more minute. That should allow the remaining liquid to absorb.
Want to learn how to cook even more in your Instant Pot?!
My friend Wardee at Traditional Cooking School offers 2 Pressure Cooking eCourses and a Pressure Cooking eBook package to teach you how to cook breakfast, main dishes, soups, side dishes, and even desserts in your Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker! Check these out:
- Pressure Cooking eBook Package (over 60 recipes, plus 5 videos)
- Pressure Cooking eCourses I & II
- FREEBIE: Sourdough Cornbread In The Instant Pot
- FREEBIE: Perfect Soaked Rice In The Instant Pot
- 80 Amazing, Easy, & Healthy Pressure Cooker Recipes (Instant Pot, too!)
And check out my other delicious Instant Pot recipes and posts:
- Low-Carb Instant Pot Clam Chowder
- Instant Pot Jambalaya
- Instant Pot Tikka Masala
- My Honest Review Of The Instant Pot