How To Cook Farro On the Stove & in Instant Pot – Simple & Easy To Do

On youtube, there are many videos teaching How to cook Farro. But it is difficult for you can to follow the instruction. That is why we want to write in detail each step, so you can do it at home with good preparation. Let’s go!

1. FAQs When Cooking Farro

What’s Farro?

Farro is a type of whole grain wheat. It is an ancient grain that is larger and more oblong than barley. Taste-wise, it has an earthy nuttiness and bite-like texture.

This affordable nutritious grain is often cooked with water, stock, or broth. It is a befitting ingredient for making soups, risottos, vegan/vegetarian stews, casserole dishes, salads as well as sautés!. There are 3 different varieties of Farro sold in the market is Whole grain Farro, Semi-pearled Farro, Pearled Farro with cooking times for each type is different.

Should farro be soaked before cooking?

The whole grain Farro needs to be soaked overnight. Because this will help you digest easily and reduce time when cooking farro

Is farro better for you than Rice?

Farro better than rice and has much nuttier in flavor after cooking but Farro is a type of wheat so it contains gluten. If compared to other wheat varieties, the gluten content in Farro is less

What is the ratio of farro to water?

Use 3 cups of water for 1 cup whole type farro & 2 cups of water for 1 cup semi-pearled type farro when cooking on the Stove. For Cook Farro in an Instant Pot each 1 cup of Farro, you need to use 3 cups of water

2. How to Cook Farro


  • 1 cup of any Type of Farro
  • 2 – 3 cups of water or vegetable/meat stock (about 700-720ml)
  • 0.25 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or butter (optional)

How Long To Cook Farro?

For Stovetop Method. Farro takes 15 minutes if using pearled Farro, 20 minutes if using semi-pearled Farro & 30 minutes when you use for whole Farro. If you soak Farro overnight this will reduce 10 minutes to cook.

It takes 15 minutes to cook farro in an instant pot if you use whole Farro &  13 minutes when using Pearled Farro + Semi-Pearled Farro

Instructions – How to Cook Farro on the Stove

Step 1: Rinse a cup of farro under running tap water. If you have soaked the farro you can skip this step

Step 2: Transfer the rinsed farro into a medium saucepan. Pour water/stock, season with salt, & drizzle the olive oil. Mix the ingredients.

Step 3: Place the saucepan on the stove over high heat and let it come to a boil.

Step 4: Once the liquid starts bubbling, reduce the heat to low, and cover the pot with a lid. Let the farro simmer for 15 to 30 minutes depending on the type of Farro you use. If farro has been soaked, you only need to cook for 10 minutes

Step 5: After 15 minutes has elapsed, turn off the stove, uncover and serve!

Instructions – How to Cook Farro in the Instant Pot

Step 1: Put the rinsed farro into the instant pot along with salt & filtered water.

Step 2: Lock the lid and adjust the knob to the “sealing” position.

Step 3: Plugin the instant pot! Press the “pressure cook button”, choose the “high pressure” mode, and set the timer to “8 minutes” for whole type Farro and “6 minutes” for Pearled + Semi-Pearled type Farro

Step 4: Now, let the instant pot release the steam naturally for 7 minutes. After that, turn the knob to the “venting position” to release the remaining steam. Finally, unlock & uncover the lid. If you notice any extra liquid in the pot, drain it and serve!


How To Cook Farro


  • A perfectly cooked farro has a soft yet chewy texture.
  • If you notice some excess liquid in the saucepan after cooking is done, drain it! Do not overcook to evaporate the liquid.
  • To save the cooked farro from turning mushy, transfer it to a rimmed baking tray, and spread evenly.

3. Health Benefits of Farro

Farro is a protein-rich low-calorie grain, it helps maintain healthy body weight as well as aids in weight loss and reduces the threats to Type 2 diabetes & cardiovascular diseases.

Farro also provides the body with Vitamin B complex. The presence of cyanogenic glucosides in the grain; strengthens the body’s immune system and helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

Above is the 2 best way to cook farro at home. Is it easy? Even a child can learn to do this. Please make your own cereal and enjoy daily to have a better healthy life and adding this nutritious grain into your meal plan!

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