Instant Pot Amaranth (Fast, Creamy, No Soaking!)

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Bowl of Instant Pot Amaranth with fresh fruit, dairy-free milk, and pecans

With an Instant Pot and less than 30 minutes, you can make perfectly cooked amaranth every time! Let us show you how.

Spoon and bowl of amaranth

What is Amaranth?

Amaranth is a pseudograin, which means it’s technically a seed but can be cooked and used similar to other grains. It has a nutty, mildly sweet flavor and slight crunch when cooked.

Amaranth was considered a “super grain” by the Aztecs. They saw it as a nutritious option for infants and found it provided enough strength for soldiers! This makes sense considering it’s rich in iron, magnesium, phosphorous, selenium, calcium, vitamin B6, and protein. It also contains all the essential amino acids.

Instant pot with dry amaranth and water

Instant Pot Amaranth

Cooking amaranth in the Instant Pot is our preferred method. It’s fast, easy, and results in creamy, perfectly cooked amaranth that doesn’t stick to the pan!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Ratio = 1 part amaranth : 2 parts water
  • Cook Time = 5 minutes
  • Release = 10 minute natural release, then release any remaining pressure

It makes a delicious breakfast porridge, especially with fresh or frozen fruit, nuts and/or seeds, dairy-free milk, nut butter, cacao nibs, cinnamon, or your favorite toppings!

Wooden spoon resting in amaranth in an Instant Pot

Did you find this helpful? If so, be sure to check out our Instant Pot Cooking Times Guide for perfectly cooked grains and beans every time!

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Bowl of cooked amaranth

Instant Pot Amaranth (Fast, Creamy, No Soaking!)

A quick & simple method for making PERFECTLY cooked amaranth in the Instant Pot. Just 1 ingredient, no soaking, and less than 25 minutes required!
Author Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 18 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 4 (~3/4-cup servings)
Course Breakfast, Helpful How-to
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 5 Days


FOR SERVING optional


  • Add amaranth and water (or dairy-free milk) to the Instant Pot and stir to prevent sticking. Pressure cook on high for 5 minutes (it will take about 8 minutes for the Instant Pot to pressurize before cooking begins).
  • Once the timer goes off, allow to naturally release for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure. Carefully remove lid once steam has fully escaped.
  • Enjoy immediately with toppings of choice. Store cooled leftovers in the refrigerator up to 5 days or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat on the stovetop, stirring frequently and adding more liquid, if needed, to thin.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients.
*Total time includes active cook time, release time, and the time it takes for the Instant Pot to heat up (~8 minutes).

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 3/4-cup serving Calories: 179 Carbohydrates: 31.5 g Protein: 6.5 g Fat: 3.4 g Saturated Fat: 0.7 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.34 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.81 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 2 mg Potassium: 245 mg Fiber: 3.23 g Sugar: 0.8 g Vitamin A: 0.97 IU Vitamin C: 2.03 mg Calcium: 76.72 mg Iron: 3.67 mg

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