Instant Pot Farro

A bowl of cooked farro on a white background with a blue towel and small bamboo spoon

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Farro is a grain with a nutty, earthy flavor and hearty, chewy texture. My favorite way to cook farro is in a pressure cooker. Instant Pot farro is so easy to make!

This recipe is for pearled or semi-pearled farro (the most common variety sold in stores) AND whole grain farro, which takes longer to cook. 

The packaging should indicate whether or not the farro is whole grain or pearled/semi-pearled. Sometimes it won't say on the front and you have to look at the ingredient list on the back. 

Different brands of farro can cook differently, so it's best to error in the side of undercooking slightly. You can always re-seal the lid and program a few more minutes of cooking time if the farro is too chewy for your liking. 


Units Scale
  • 1 cup farro (pearled or semi-pearled or whole grain)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Add More Flavor: Read the blog post above for ingredients that can be added to the pot for more flavor, such as using broth or adding onion and garlic.


  1. Rinse the farro briefly under running water
  2. Combine farro, water and salt in the Instant Pot.
  3. Secure the lid. Make sure the pressure release valve is in the “sealed” position.
  4. Program the Cooking Time:
    Pearl or Semi-Pearled - Cook on high pressure for 8 to 10 minutes, quick release
    Whole Grain Farro - Cook on high pressure for 12 to 15 minutes, quick release
  5. Drain the farro immediately in a colander. If it sits in the cooking water, it will continue to soften.


Using the shorter amount of cooking time will yield farro that is chewier and firmer. A longer cooking time makes farro that is less firm but still has a bit of chewiness to it. 

Cooked farro can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

Freeze cooked farro in a sealed freezer bag for several months. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator.




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