How To Pressure Cook Quinoa

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Do you know how to pressure cook Quinoa red, white or black? You can cook it several ways, but today I am showing you how easy it is to use a pressure cooker. EASY!!!! I took a class from Chef Brad a few years ago on how to use a Fagor Pressure Cooker. Okay, now I am hooked on using it for so many grains, beans and meals. Love it! And we do not have to be afraid of it exploding like Grandma’s pressure cooker.

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You know me well enough now that you know I do not like those silly instruction books. I have to have a visual…it could be because I am left handed, or whatever. I will go with the left handed idea. One thing Chef Brad mentioned about Quinoa is the fact the it is very hard to find black Quinoa. So of course I HAD to find black Quinoa. I have eaten white for a couple of years now. This class from Chef Brad opened my eyes to LOTS of awesome easy meals using grains. My favorite store here in St. George, Utah has all colors of Quinoa: The Kitchen Corner. You can also find all of them at most health stores or online.

Quinoa Red, Black Or White

How To Pressure Cook Quinoa:

Step #1 This picture shows the Quinoa, 1/2 cup of each: red, black & white. So using 1-1/2 cups Quinoa I will use 3 cups water, or double the grain amount. In this pressure cooker whatever you make MUST have a minimum of one cup of liquid to build up the steam. I did add 1/2 onion chopped and one clove of garlic minced to the mixture.

Quinoa Red, Black Or White

Step #2 Place the lid on and turn it until it clicks in place. It will lock when you turn the pressure regulator button to “pressure” on the top.

Quinoa Red White And Black

Step #3 Touch the HIGH button, then the RICE button and then the START button. That’s it! You will see 6 minutes pop up in the time spot. It takes a bit longer than 6 minutes because it takes time to build up pressure, and then I let the Quinoa set about 3-4 more minutes after it says it is done. It keeps it warm….it’s fabulous! You can also set 8-9 minutes using the TIME button, but I am lazy and the RICE setting works great.

Quinoa Red, Black Or White

Step #4 When the pressure cooker beeps that means it is done….just let it set for a few minutes. No need to hurry. But when you decide to remove the lid you must first release the pressure/steam. This is where you will turn the button to release the steam. I recommend putting a dry washcloth over the large black button so you do not burn yourself or ruin your cabinets from the steam (see picture below).

Quinoa Red White And Black

Pressure Cooker Instructions:

Ingredients
  • 2 cups organic white Quinoa
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Soak the Quinoa in water for 5 minutes. Rinse and drain in a fine screen colander. Place the Quinoa in the inner pan in the pressure cooker. I set it on rice which is 6 minutes and let it release naturally which means it continues to cook a little more.

Once you start using a pressure cooker you will be amazed at what you can cook and how fast you can have dinner ready! I highly recommend getting an electric pressure cooker. Here’s the pressure cooker above that I use all the time: Fagor 670040230 Stainless-Steel 3-in-1 6-Quart Multi-Cooker

 

 

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6 thoughts on “How To Pressure Cook Quinoa

  • April 1, 2014 at 7:30 am
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    Thanks for the quinoa tutorial. I love cooking in my pressure cooker!

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    • April 1, 2014 at 3:34 pm
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      Carol, I can see why you loved cooking with yours! I am doing all sorts of foods now! Linda

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  • April 11, 2014 at 8:29 am
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    I’m about to dive head-first into my pressure cooking adventures for the first time. Would you make rice the same way? Would it be a bad idea to make rice and chicken in the pressure cooker at the same tine?

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    • April 11, 2014 at 2:27 pm
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      Hi Yosef, I do it all the time! Dinner in one pot. Did you see my post on the pork loin? You might practice with rice first. Then the time chicken.I have been writing down the times required for each. The rice is easy….you push the rice button…it takes 6 minutes once it builds up the pressure. https://foodstoragemoms.com//easy-pressure-cooker-pork-loin-dinner/ It was fabulous! Have fun cooking! Linda

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  • July 18, 2016 at 2:52 pm
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    Hi Linda, I just bought a fagor stove top Pressure Cooker, my hubby & I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!! Oh and by the way I’m a Lefty as well! and also prefer visual learning!! NO Reading Required1 lol. My question is are the recipes use the same cooking instructions as those for the electric Pressure Cooker??

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    • July 18, 2016 at 4:13 pm
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      Hi Theresa, I have never used a stove top pressure cooker. I’m looking for my notes when I took a class from Chef Brad on pressuring cooking. I can’t find them. I have been decluttering and I hope I didn’t throw them out. My classes were for electric pressure cooking only. I wish I could help you! Is the pressure gauge the same? Does it say use one cup liquid in the pressure cooker? I was looking on the Fagor website and I can’t tell. I think I would call them and ask them and tell them your model#: 1-800-207-0806 Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5:30 pm. They are located in New Jersey. Thanks so much, Linda

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