Instant Pot® Cilantro Lime Quinoa

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Looking for a delicious side dish that will be a perfect complement to almost any meal? Look no further. This is it! Fresh cilantro and zesty lime make this quinoa full of bright flavors that will surprise your palate. Making quinoa in the Instant Pot is also one of the best ways you can cook this grain- it is easy, fast, and comes out perfectly every time!

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Instant Pot® Cilantro Lime Quinoa

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Servings 4
Calories 179 kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Measuring Cup
  • Large spoon or rubber spatula
  • Cutting Board
  • Zester
  • Small Bowl


  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 0.5 cup Vegetable Broth
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 Lime
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro, chopped


  • Grate the lime zest into a small bowl. Then slice the lime in half and squeeze the lime juice into the bowl as well. Set aside for now.
  • Place the quinoa, vegetable broth and water in the Instant Pot bowl and stir. Add the lime juice and zest.
  • Add one tablespoon of the chopped cilantro to the Instant Pot bowl as well and stir. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the steamer valve to the ‘seal’ position. Press the ‘manual’ button and set the timer to one minute on high pressure. When the cooking cycle is complete, do a natural pressure release by letting the pot just sit, steam slowly escaping. When the pressure is all gone, you will be able to open the lid. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
  • Open the lid and stir the cooked quinoa. Add the remaining cilantro and toss well. Serve while warm!

Before you start cooking this delicious cilantro, let us know if you have any questions about how to make it. We are happy to answer and help you get a fantastic end result!


About Amanda

My name is Amanda and I am a professional pastry chef. I have over 16 years of culinary experience and a bachelors degree in Baking and Pastry Arts. I currently live right outside New York City with my husband and two daughters who are my official taste testers and kitchen helpers. Chocolate chip cookies and ice cream are my weakness and, because I have two young kids, I need coffee every day. I love sharing my cooking passion and hope that you find some culinary inspiration here!

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