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How to Cook Farro

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Learning how to cook farro is quite straightforward. In this recipe, we show you how to cook farro and how we like to flavor it with garlic and herbs.

Note: For how to cook farro in a pressure cooker, go to Instant Pot Farro.


  • 1 cup uncooked farro, pearled or semi-pearled (not whole)
  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (thyme, oregano, chives, or basil), optional
  • 1 garlic clove, minced, optional


  1. Rinse the farro under cold water in a fine mesh strainer. In a large saucepan, place the farro, water and 1/2 teaspoon of the kosher salt and bring it to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the grains are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes for pearled farro and 25 to 30 minutes for semi-pearled farro. Taste test a grain to see if it is tender (if the package is unmarked, just cook until tender).
  3. Drain any excess water. Add the additional 1/4 teaspoon salt and the olive oil or butter. If using, stir in the minced garlic and herbs. Taste and add additional salt if desired. 
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan