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How to cook farro

Instant Pot Farro

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: About 4 cups 1x


This Instant Pot farro recipe comes out perfectly tender and chewy every time! It’s a totally hands off method for cooking this whole grain.


  • 1 1/2 cups farro
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • *If serving as a side, season with garlic and herbs like in this Basic Farro recipe


  1. Add the farro, water, and salt to the Instant Pot and stir. Lock the lid of the Instant Pot. Place the pressure release handle (vent) in the “Sealing” position.
  2. Cook on high pressure for 7 minutes: Press the Pressure Cook button, making sure the “High Pressure” setting is selected, and set the time. Note that it takes about 5 minutes for the pot to “preheat” and come up to pressure before it starts cooking. (During cooking, avoid touching the metal part of the lid.)
  3. Natural release for 7 minutes: After the Instant Pot beeps, set a timer and wait to let the Instant Pot naturally release pressure. Then vent any remaining steam by moving the vent to “Venting”, covering your hand with a towel or hot pad. Never put your hands or face near the vent when releasing steam. (The pressure indicator in the lid may drop on its own during this time, meaning that there is no remaining steam in the pot.)
  4. Open the lid and drain off any excess water. Serve immediately, or store in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Whole Grain

Keywords: Instant Pot Farro, Farro in an Instant Pot, Pressure Cooker Farro