Wheat berries are a type of grain prevalent and full of nutrition. But not many people know how to cook wheat berries in an instant pot properly. So, you can find out more information in detail in my article.

1. What are Wheat Berries?

Wheat berries are the edible kernels of whole wheat grain. The husks of wheat berries are removed but the bran, germ, & endosperm remains intact. They do not undergo the refining process. The wheat berries have a bite-like texture and sweet nutty taste. They can be used for both sweet as well as savory recipes

2. Should Wheat Berries Be Soaked Before Cooking?

You can cook wheat berries that don’t need to soak them before cooking, however soaking will reduce the cooking time ( about 10 minutes ) and helps the body absorb nutrients efficiently.

3. How To Cook Wheat Berries in the Instant Pot


  • 1 cup hard red wheat berries 
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil or melted butter (for flavor) (optional)


Step 1: Rinse the wheat berries under running water then toast them if you have a lot of time

Step 2: Add prepared wheat berries, water, salt, and olive oil to the Instant Pot. Cook on high pressure for 35 minutes.

Step 3: When done, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then quickly release any remaining pressure.

Step 4: Finally, drain the wheat berries and use them to make other recipes

4. Tips To Cook Wheat Berries More Flavorful

You can toast the wheat berries after rinsing, this makes them taste nutty great. First, place the strainer with the rinsed wheat berries on 4 layers of paper towel to absorb water. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, pour the wheat berries and spread them out. Put the baking sheet in the oven for 10 minutes.

Use vegetable broth or stock for flavor. You only need to mix 1 cup of vegetable broth with 2 cups of water. Then use them for cooking flavorsome wheat berries in the Instant Pot.

5. How To Use Cooked Wheat Berries

Wheat berries can be used in a variety of dishes. They have a chewy texture and nutty flavor and are a good source of fiber and nutrients. Here are some ideas for how to use cooked wheat berries:

  • Add them to soups or stews for extra texture and nutrition.
  • Toss them with greens and other vegetables in a salad.
  • Use them as a substitute for rice or other grains in bowls or stir-fries.
  • Mix them with cooked beans or lentils to make a hearty vegetarian burger patty.
  • Make a wheat berry breakfast porridge by cooking them with milk and adding your favorite toppings like fruit, nuts, or seeds.

I am sure that after reading the writing, you can know well how to cook wheat berries in Instant Pot. You only need to follow each step with happiness and carefulness to get the best result

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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