Cilantro Lime Instant Pot Quinoa

Gluten free, vegan; Free of: dairy, eggs, nuts
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword cilantro lime quinoa, instant pot quinoa, pressure cooker quinoa
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Pressure release 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 188kcal
Author Sarah Jane Parker



  • Zest your limes and set aside zest, then juice the limes and set aside 1-1/2 Tablespoons lime juice.
  • Place the lime juice, half the lime zest, quinoa, and water into the Instant Pot and stir to mix.
  • Cover, close lid and lock. Move pressure valve to pressure cook, and set the Instant Pot to the Rice setting for 12 minutes on low pressure.
  • Cook for the allotted time. Once it's done cooking, allow pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes, then do a quick pressure release by opening the pressure valve with a kitchen utensil.
  • Allow the pressure to release completely, then open the lid. Stir into the quinoa the coconut oil, cilantro, the rest of the lime zest, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Serve immediately or save for meal prep bowls. Enjoy!



Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1.9mg