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Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Quinoa

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  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 21 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


If you’re looking for a quinoa version of cilantro lime rice from Cafe Rio look no further. This side dish is healthy and delicious and pairs perfectly with any Mexican meal. 


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  • 1 1/2 tsp butter
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup rinsed quinoa
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tsp better than bouillon (chicken flavor)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  1. Turn your Instant Pot to saute. Melt the butter and saute the onion. Stir in the garlic powder. Stir in the quinoa and toast it for a minute.
  2. Add in the water, bouillon, cumin, green chiles, cilantro, lime juice and salt.
  3. Cover the Instant Pot and make sure the valve is set to “sealing.” Set the timer on manual high pressure for 1 minute.
  4. Once the timer beeps let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Release any more pressure by moving the valve to venting. Remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Add if additional salt and lime juice, if needed.
  5. Serve as a side to your favorite Mexican meal or top with a dollop of guacamole and enjoy it by itself.


I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1 for this recipe.

Can I make this in the slow cooker? I haven’t tried this recipe yet in the slow cooker but I think you could do it. Just pile all the ingredients into the slow cooker and cook on high for 2 hours. Here is a similar quinoa slow cooker recipe that I have made endless times that you may want to try also.

  • Method: Instant Pot