Instant pot corn quinoa soup

Instant pot corn quinoa soup

Save this recipe for the time when it feels like you never ever have time. This easy instant pot quinoa corn soup is a quick and nutritious option for the best kind of quick dinner with no compromise on flavour and health.

That 24 hours a day is not enough. There is so much to do and so much more pending. Sometimes I do like weekends because you can transfer a lot into the next week’s top list. It doesn’t go away, but just out of sight. Now those are not inclusive of chores. The cooking, cleaning, washing, and keeping up with the teens all continue. when the sheer monotony catches up, take a break and try this soup.

Why is this a soup not a chowder?

Chowder is a seafood-based soup that came in with the migration to America. During these seaward journeys, the soup was thickened with a kind of hard cracker. As time passed the chowder evolved to be thickened with cream or roux. The corn quinoa soup is not a thickened soup. It doesn’t have cream or roux added to it. Different but very good and low calorie!!

Ingredients for this low-calorie soup

Let’s start making this corn quinoa soup. it just takes a few good ingredients to make this recipe. 
Onions- the chopped red onions give a lot of flavour to this dish. When sauteed in butter this flavour carries through with the soup.
Celery– though softened, the celery sticks with the onion to form the classic flavour base for this recipe.
Fresh corn- Sweet fresh corn, freshly shredded from the cob, makes the delicious creamy base for the soup when cooked. It is the sweet burst when you bite into one that makes it all the better on that crazy weeknight. It is perfectly ok to use frozen corn or canned corn in this recipe. Make sure you adjust the water quantity accordingly. 
Quinoa- the nutritious balance and bulk of the soup are from quinoa. I have used white quinoa here. YOu can use tricolour or red ones to make this soup. 
Spices and seasoning – Just like any other soup seasoning it is very important. Balance the salt well, I tend to keep it lower so if anyone wants they can add it as they go. To make this otherwise bland soup come alive, kick it up a notch with paprika. I like this better than the black pepper or crushed pepper berry. If you have fresh herbs, go for them. If not stir in a few dried herbs as we have done. This depends on time, availability and effort!

Quinoa soup with corn.

Let’s get some soup ready

The soup prep is just 10 minutes. So it is great to have some time to chill. The step-by-step recipe is in this recipe card. You can directly pin it from here to your pin board to use later too.

Instant pot corn quinoa soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
For pressure release 10 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine Autumn, Baby toddler food, Continental, diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, instant pot, Winter
Servings 4


  • instant pot
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • ladle


  • 1 tsp coconut oil or butter.
  • 1 small red onion chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 2 cups sweet corn sliced off the cob.
  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp mixed herbs dried or fresh.


  • Chop and prepapre the ingredients.
  • Wash the quinoa and set it aside till ready.
  • Set the instant pot on saute mode.
  • Add the oil and saute the onions and celery.
    sauteing onions and celery for the soup.
  • Once these are softened, add the corn and mix it well.
    corn soup mix.
  • Add the quinoa, water salt and paprika and mix well.
    quinoa soup mix.
  • Add the water and set the instant pot now to soup mode.
  • Mix well, cover and set on medium pressure.
  • Once the soup is cooked, let the steam release naturally.
  • Stir in the dried herbs, taste test.
  • The soup is now ready to serve.
    Instant pot corn quinoa soup


Making it tastier.

Once the soup is cooked, you can top it with a bit of cheese while serving, like a bit of crumpled feta or grated cheddar.

Setting it on a delayed start. 

This is a perfect soup to set on delayed start mode that makes your evening easier. Saute the onions and celery before you set them ready as this adds the flavour.
Keyword easy soup recipes, leftover recipes, Quinoa recipes.
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Tips on meal prepping and freezing the soup.

I love a batch of good soup that I can come back to after work. Sink into 10 minutes away from the humdrum of life. The meal-prepped soup comes a long way in this cycle. The weekend batch of soup helps a lot towards the end of the week
To store: food-safe fridge containers, a preferably leak-proof seal will help you store this soup. the soup stays well for 3 to 4 days. Heat only the portion that you plan to have and don’t leave the excess to thaw. Repeated thawing and freezing will spoil the soup. 
To freeze: freezer safe boxes save the soup for up to a month. I love freezing them by pouring 3/4 individual bowls to save them. In this way, it is much easier to thaw and serve the right portion without any wastage. Also, it is easy to carry a box when you need one for lunch too!

Stay connected

I have prepared this soup as a part of the collaboration with Shh cooking secretly group of bloggers. We partner up and share ingredients to improve our culinary skills. My partner for this soup theme was Sasmita who made delicious mushroom soup.  Try out both our recipes as the weather cools down for most of you. If you are happy to stay and browse some more, we do have a few more excellent soup recipes. Try these too

Carrot celery soup

broccoli peas soup

barley lemon soup e jo

blended beet and carrot soup

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Mayuri Patel
1 year ago
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Love using quinoa in different ways and this soup has just made it to my ‘must try list’. Such a lovely combination of corn and quinoa. To me it looks creamy without the roux or cream.

1 year ago
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Corn quinoa soup in instant pot is so nutritious and delicious. It is a breeze to make soup in instant pot. Absolutely love it .

1 year ago
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That is one easy and healthy soup for sure, and I love my Instant Pot and this is like a keeper recipe for busy days as you say.

1 year ago
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I am looking for ways to incorporate quinoa into my diet and this one seems to be one of the easiest recipes. Added this to my must-try items.

Jayashree T.Rao
1 year ago

I have both the ingredients at home, will make this one soon. Looks creamy and the addition of quinoa makes it my favourite.

1 year ago
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Seema – I hear you on the 24 hours not being enough. Isn’t IP is a miracle when we can whip up delish soups like these Corn Quinoa Soup in a jiffy, something I would like to try soon!

Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
1 year ago
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I love how quinoa looks like pearls in this soup. I am not a quinoa fan but definitely wouldn’t mind that delicious bowl of soup, especially because it has corn in it…

1 year ago
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Such an easy and healthy soup…… Corn quinoa soup that too in an instant pot, absolutely love it .

Priya Iyer
1 year ago
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Such a beautiful, comforting soup! The quinoa must not only make it very nutritious but filling too. 🙂 We don’t use much of quinoa – I think I should get some just so I can try out this interesting soup.

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