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This easy, instant pot copycat Genghis Grill, quinoa recipe, is a fast and easy way to take advantage of the health benefits of quinoa in a delicious style. We love Genghis Grill and recommend them as a go-to for healthy restaurant food. Restaurants that prioritize healthy ingredients get the vote of my dollars. I hope they get yours too.
Background content: Quinoa is a protein and fiber packed grain from the Andean region of South America. It's a flowering plant that has been used as food for livestock and human consumption for over 3000 years.
This was inspired by my Genghis Grill Thai Veggie recipe on this site, and pairs well with this with anything really but I like to eat it with my curry recipes. They serve it as a side dish, rice alternative at the restaurant. It actually cooks faster and I think it's a way healthier choice than the white rice option.
We used 7 simple ingredients to get the same flavor. You can, of course, adapt away and make this recipe yours. There are several varieties of quinoa at stores, I chose the Power Blend of Ancient Grains brand. It looks the most similar to what I got at the restaurant. We don't know the exact recipe of the restaurant of course, this is our attempt to get close.
- Quinoa (Any kind you like)
- Ginger Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Whole Kernal Corn
See the recipe card for quantities.
Once you have your ingredients gathered and measured, it's super simple to make this dish. This is one recipe that is so simple it will make you thankful for having an instant pot. Actually lives up to it's name with this.
Rinse the Quinoa with a strainer if it's not ready to cook or again, to be safe.
Combine all the ingredients in the instant pot and mix them together. Close the vent valve and set it to pressure cook for 1 minute followed by venting for 20 minutes or 3 minutes of pressure cooking followed by 10 minutes of venting.
After it cooks for a minute, open the vent valve and let it vent and just leave it for 20 minutes to finish cooking. Serve and enjoy!
Hint: Don't try brown rice this way, I tried mixing brown rice with quinoa and do this and the rice was hard while the quinoa was cooked. We experiment and learn. 🙂
If you have dietary restricitons like I do you will want to adjust to your needs.
- Salt - instead of salt try Mrs. Dash, it's better if you have hypertension.
- Traditional Quinoa - Try a different blend like this traditional blend I found on Amazon. It won't have the different colors like the one they use but it should come out similar in flavor.
If you are a vegan, or just want to cut down on animal proteins, this dish is already high in protein and has no animal products. I'd be curious if anyone thinks of any substitutions I didn't for this. Let me know in the comments.
You can make so many variations of this dish, I could probably spend all day and still be coming up with new ones. Here are a few ideas, let me know if you have any.
- Spicy - add chili pepper flakes like Mod's Homemade Thai Chili Powder, while cooking to imbue heat into the dish, or fresh chopped Thai peppers.
- Deluxe - add meat or meat substitute like some turkey meatballs or beyond meat sausage.
- Kid friendly - add crushed potato chips or bacon.
Equipment can have a big impact on how a recipe turns out. Instant pots may vary so use your judgement. The kind of Instant Pot we have is this one you can buy using our affiliate link.
I would treat this like rice and not keep it too long because of leftover rice syndrome wehre spores grow on the starch and can make you sick. Good for 2-3 days, in a covered container refrigerated. I wouldn't eat it if it gets left out.
Share something here that you think is key to making this recipe well, such as: Don't overcook the burgers! Sear the outside and cook to a minimum internal temperature, but they should still be juicy for best results.
As a general rule, going for the more colorful varieties yeilds more nutrients.
You can find quinoa at most grocery stores in the Western Hemisphere for sure. It is also cultivated in the east as it has become popular in the last 20 years. When all else fails, you can find it easily online.
Quinoa is not only a good source of starch, it also has a lot of protein. If you can't get protein or need more, it's a perfect option. It's available as an organic option and in colored varieties which have more nutrient content.
Looking for other, lesser known hacks like using quinoa to eat healtier? Try these.
Instant Pot Copycat Genghis Grill Quinoa
- 1 Instant Pot
- 1 cup Quinoa
- 1 ½ cup Water
- ½ cup Corn Whole kernal
- ½ cup Carrots Cut into matchsticks or shredded
- 1 teaspoon Ginger Powder
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- Rinse the Quinoa.
- Combine with the other ingredients in the Instant Pot.
- Mix together well.
- Close the pressure release valve.
- Set to cook on pressure cook for 1 minute with 20 minutes sitting or 3 minutes with 10 minutes sitting.
- After it cooks for a minute in pressure cooker mode and the timer goes off, release the valve and let it cook in the hot pot for 20 more minutes. Or for 3 minutes on pressure cook and then 10 minutes with venting.
- Serve with cilantro, fried garlic, shallots or whatever tickles your pickle and enjoy!
Here are some general food safety tips you might want to review.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove