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a white bowl with Farro inside

How to Cook Farro (Instant Pot and Stovetop Directions + Recipes)


  • 1 cup farro
  • 2 cups water or vegetable stock


Stove Top Instructions

  1. Place the farro and cooking liquid of choice in a pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover the pot.
  2. Cook until the liquid is absorbed and farro is cooked, see times in notes.

Instant Pot Instructions

  1. Place 1 cup farro and 2 cups vegetable stock in the inner pot. Press the manual or pressure cook button and adjust the timer to 10 minutes.
  2. When the timer beeps, let the pressure release naturally for 10 more minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure.
  3. Most of the liquid should be absorbed, but you can drain it if there is more than you would like. I like it with a small amount of liquid remaining in the pot and not completely dry.



Stovetop Cooking Times for Different Types of Farro

  • Pearled farro: 15-20 minutes with no pre-soaking required.
  • Semi-pearled farro: 25-30 minutes with no pre-soaking required. You can presoak to cut down the cooking time to 15 minutes.
  • Whole grain farro: 30-60 minutes, depending on how long it has been soaked. Ideally, whole farro should be soaked overnight.

Instant Pot Notes

  • Use the Instant Pot® pressure cooker is my favorite way to cook farro. It takes the guesswork out of the cooking time and I love that I can start it and walk away. No need to babysit the stovetop.
  • I use semi-pearled farro for cooking farro in the Instant Pot®.  The time will be less for pearled farro and more for whole grain farro.
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: how to
  • Method: stove top or instant pot
  • Cuisine: italian


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup cooked farro
  • Calories: 97
  • Sugar: 0.7 grams
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 21 grams
  • Fiber: 2 grams
  • Protein: 4 grams

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