Quinoa Almond Pilaf Recipe


One of the recipes people often search for on my site is quinoa. Quinoa [KEEN-wah] is a grain grown primarily for it’s seeds, which are high in protein and gluten free. Quinoa’s become popular because it’s a great substitute for pasta and rice.

It’s also quick cooking, especially in the pressure cooker. You only need to pressure cook it for one minute and then let it steam for 5 minutes.

Quinoa has a mild, nutty taste so it’s nice to flavor it while it’s cooking. We love my Saffron Almond Rice Pilaf recipe so I used it as a base for creating a quinoa recipe. Be sure and rinse the quinoa thoroughly before cooking it because it has a coating on the seed that can make it taste bitter.

Quinoa Almond Pilaf Recipe

It makes a great side dish, or you could stir in some diced, cooked chicken and vegetables and make it a meal.

Quinoa Pilaf Recipe

Quinoa Pilaf Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, well rinsed and drained
  • 1 14 oz can chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Add the butter to the pressure cooking pot. Select Saute and when the butter is melted and sizzling, add the chopped onions and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally until vegetables are tender, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add quinoa, broth, water and salt to pressure cooking pot. Cover and lock lid in place. Select High Pressure and set timer for 1 minutes. When beep sounds, turn off pressure cooker, wait 5 minutes and then use a Quick Pressure Release to release any remaining pressure.
  3. When valve drops carefully remove lid, tilting away from you to allow steam to disperse. Fluff with a fork. If all the liquid isn't absorbed, let steam another five minutes. Stir in almonds and fresh parsley, and serve immediately.

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    • Barbara Schieving says

      Thanks Simone – You need 2 cups of liquid for 1 1/2 cups quinoa, so the chicken broth combined with the water gives you two cups liquid. I’ve updated the recipe.

  1. Carol says

    Well now-I was going to try rice as my first adventure with my new electric pressure cooker BUT I think you might have just changed my mind.

    We love love LOVE quinoa and this will go PERFECTLY with some chicken I plan to make in the not too distant future.

    I’m so excited…..thank you Barbara! :)

      • Carol says

        I DID! I made this last night and oh my goodness-it’s a WINNER here. Bob and I both love it. What a great combo….the almonds really add a nice touch.

        I’m gonna LOVE having fun with this pressure cooker. This was my first time using it and I can’t wait to use it again.

        Your step by step video REALLY helped me out-especially disassembling the lid for cleaning.

        Can’t thank you enough Barbara. :)