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Instant Pot Farro {How to Cook Farro}

Instant Pot Farro is a hardy and delicious whole grain that is amazing in soups, salads, stews, or flavorful side dishes. Learn how to cook farro in a pressure cooker or on the stovetop for a delicious and fast meal. If you’re bored with rice, you’ll love cooking farro for a fun new option!

a bowl of instant pot farro with herbs and tomatoes

If you’ve never tried farro before, you’re missing out on a delicious option for a filling and versatile grain that is amazing in so many dishes.

You can think of farro as the bad boy of the whole grain family. It’s like if rice had a super healthy cousin that was super mysterious and deep.

What is Farro?

Farro is an ancient grain that is packed with 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein in just one-fourth cup. Daaaaamn Gina!

It looks like a fat version of long-grain browned rice and has a chewy nutty texture similar to cooked wheat berries. Sadly, it is not gluten-free, so if you have gluten issues, you might want to check out my post on Instant Pot Quinoa.

Farro comes in three types:

(my source for this info is from a super nerdy, (aka I loved it) article about farro from NPR):

“Though we refer to farro as if it were one grain, it’s actually three. There’s farro piccolo (einkorn), farro medio (emmer), and farro grande (spelt). Emmer is what you’ll find sold most often in the U.S. “

Whole-grain farro: most nutritious, but requires overnight soaking and a longer cook time.

Semi-pearled farro (or semiperlato): which means some of the bran from the farro has been removed so it doesn’t take as long as the whole-grain version to cook.

Pearled farro: all the bran has been removed and it cooks a lot faster! Pro tip: for best results with your Instant Pot farro, use semi-pearled or pearled farro.

Wow, all that farro knowledge being dropped in here! Anyone else a little turned on? No? Just me then…

Does Farro Need to Be Rinsed?

Yes. Farro has a powdery coating on it that is best removed before cooking. Simply place your pre-measured farro into a fine mesh strainer and rinse under running water for a minute.

Should I Toast Farro Before Cooking?

It’s up to you. It adds a layer of flavor to the finished dish, but it does take longer overall to cook.

To toast farro, add the rinsed grain to a hot dry skillet (or Instant Pot on saute) and stir for 5-10 minutes. The water will evaporate in the first few minutes.

How Long Does it Take to Cook Farro?

Farro will take 10 minutes in the Instant Pot or 30-35 minutes on the stovetop.

How Do You Know When Farro is Cooked?

Farro will not absorb all the liquid during the cooking process so it can be challenging to know when it’s officially “done”.

The farro will be tender and chewy when it is ready to be served. You can always bite one grain to see how the texture is.

How to Cook Instant Pot Farro

*A printable recipe is available at the bottom of this post. 

If you’re new to your Instant Pot, check out this post on Easy Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners.

Rinse the farro in a metal sieve.

Place farro and water/broth in the Instant Pot. Press “Manual” and set the timer for 10 minutes.

When cooking time is up, allow it to rest for at least 10 minutes before releasing the pressure. There will likely extra water/broth; pour that off. 

Two photos - uncooked and cooked farro in an instant pot

How to Cook Farro on the Stove

*A printable recipe is available at the bottom of this post. 

In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan (I used my beloved dutch oven), combine farro and water/broth and bring to a boil. 

Place the lid on and reduce to medium-low heat. Cook for 30-35 minutes.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • For additional flavor, use broth instead of water. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, a rich vegetable broth is great. Otherwise, check out these posts on How to Make Chicken Bone Broth, Turkey Bone Broth, and Where to Buy Bone Broth.
  • Include some aromatics while the farro is cooking. Minced garlic and diced onion will add great flavor to your finished dish.
  • Use cooked farro in place of rice in risottos or this Instant Pot Tortilla Soup.
  • If you want to double or even triple the recipe, the cooking time remains the same.

Freezing Farro

Make a big batch and freeze into individual portions for some easy healthy meal prep. Transfer cooked portions to reusable silicone bags (we love this brand and this one too) for fast and ready to go meals.

farro in a reusable Stasher bag

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Instant Pot Farro {How to Cook Farro}
Prep Time
0 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Pressurizing/depressurizing time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Instant Pot Farro is a hardy and delicious whole grain that is amazing in soups, salads, stews, or a flavorful side dish. Learn how to cook farro in a pressure cooker or on the stovetop.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Cooking farro, How to cook farro, Instant Pot Farro
Servings: 4
Calories: 176 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 cup farro (semi-pearled or pearled)
  • 2 cups water (or broth of choice)
Instructions
Instant Pot Farro Instructions
  1. Rinse the farro in a metal sieve.

  2. Place farro and water/broth in the Instant Pot. Press "Manual" and set the timer for 10 minutes.

  3. When cooking time is up, allow it to rest for at least 10 minutes before releasing the pressure.

  4. There will likely extra water/broth; pour that off.

Stovetop Farro Instructions
  1. Rinse the farro in a metal sieve.

  2. In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan (I used my beloved dutch oven), combine farro and water/broth and bring to a boil.

  3. Place the lid on and reduce to medium-low heat. Cook for 30-35 minutes.

  4. There will likely extra water/broth; pour that off.

Recipe Notes

For additional flavor, use broth instead of water. 

 

If you want to double or even triple the recipe, the cooking time remains the same.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Farro {How to Cook Farro}
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 176 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 11mg0%
Potassium 140mg4%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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3 comments on “Instant Pot Farro {How to Cook Farro}”

  1. I have some whole-grain farro that I still haven’t tried.  I am not opposed to soaking it overnight.  Have you got a suggested time for cooking it in the instant pot?  Or do you think it is smarter to just stick with the stovetop for my first time?  We have never had it before and want the first attempt to be successful!
    Thanks!

    • I would soak overnight and cook for the 10 minutes. You can always test it and add a few minutes to cook it again. But you can’t go back once you overcook it.

      • Okay. Thank you!  Cross your fingers for us then.  I will get it soaking tonight!  I only bought it months and months ago (and only about a cup of it!) so I REALLY should give it a go.