quinoa freckled basmati rice - instant pot / pressure cooker recipe

Here’s a cute variation from the standard plain ‘ol white rice – in addition to looking cute it has a slightly nuttier flavor.  A perfect fluffy bed to support your favorite veggie or meat main.

Of course, you can use quinoa of any color, but white quinoa just gets a bit “lost” in the rice.  However, using white quinoa can be used to sneak it in for the quinoa-resistant to throw in a little extra protein into the mix.  This also works well with parboiled rice using the same ingredient ratios but the parboiled rice pressure cooking time and opening method.

This recipe can easily be halved to two portions by slicing all of the ingredients in half or even doubled to serve 8 – in a 6qt or larger pressure cooker.

Pressure Cooker Accessories Pr. Cook Time Pr. Level Open
3 L or larger none 3 min. High(2) 10-min. Natural

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Easy Quinoa Freckled Rice - Pressure Cooker Side
Nutritional Information
(per serving)
  • Serves: Serves 4
  • Serving size: Serves 4-6
  • Calories: 101.6
  • TOTAL Fat: 0.6g
  • TOTAL Carbs: 20.7g
  • Sugar Carbs: 0.7g
  • Sodium: 0.2mg
  • Fiber Carbs: 0.7g
  • Protein: 2.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
Recipe type: pressure cooker
Cuisine: American
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Read the article for instructions on how to halve or double this recipe.
  • 1¾ cups (340g) dry basmati rice
  • 5 tablespoons (70g) quinoa (red or black), rinsed
  • 3 cups (750ml) water
  1. Add the rice, quinoa, and water to the pressure cooker.
  2. Close the lid and set the valve to pressure cooking position.
  3. Electric pressure cookers and stove top pressure cookers: Cook for 3 minutes at high pressure.
  4. When time is up, open the pressure cooker with the 10-Minute Natural release.
    Electric pressure cookers: When cooking time up count 10 minutes of Natural pressure release. Then, release the rest of the pressure slowly using the valve.
    Stovetop pressure cookers: Move the cooker off the hot burner and count 10 minutes of Natural pressure release. Even if all of the pressure is naturally released before the 10 minutes are up, keep the lid closed the entire time. Otherwise, release any remaining pressure slowly using the valve.
  5. Fluff with a fork and serve.

freckled rice pressure cooker / instant pot


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  1. Hello Laura,

    I want to try this recipe, but I wonder if if would work if I changed the ratio…
    The recipe asks for 340g of basmati rice + 70g of quinoa. Do you think the recipe would work with 340g quinoa + 70g of basmati rice or would I need to change the amount of liquid?
    Thank you :)

    1. Claudia, you could always try it. It might work. I didn’t test it because My goal was to make freckled rice, not spackled quinoa. ; )



  2. Do you *need* to double the recipe for an 8-qt Instant Pot? I know it says you can, but I don’t really need 8 servings.

    1. Hi Stephanie, you can use this recipe as-in in the 8qt – same time, same quantities. ; )



  3. This is exactly what I was looking for! I followed these instructions and it turned out perfect. Thank you

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