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How to Cook Farro

  • 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

For the garlic herb farro

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (thyme, oregano, chives, or basil)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil


  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. Use in recipes as desired. If you’re planning to save for later, stir in a drizzle of olive oil so it doesn’t stick together. Or, go to Step 4 to season it as a side dish.
  4. Turn the heat to medium and stir in minced garlic, herbs, and butter. Heat, stirring, until the butter is melted, about 30 seconds. Taste and add additional salt if desired. 
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

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