Looking to cook a pot of farro? If you’ve got an Instant Pot, it’s the perfect method for achieving perfectly tender and chewy whole grains every time. This Instant Pot farro recipe takes the hassle out of cooking this nutritious grain, making it a must-try!
What is Farro?
Farro is a whole grain with a chewy texture similar to barley. It’s available in different forms: whole, semi-pearled, and pearled. Pearled farro, which is the most common variety found in stores, requires the least amount of cooking time. Although you can cook farro on the stove, using an Instant Pot yields excellent results. If you opt for whole or semi-pearled farro, you can speed up the cooking process by soaking it for an hour or overnight. However, for most farro recipes, we recommend using pearled farro.
Is Farro Gluten-Free?
No, farro is made from wheat and contains gluten. If you follow a strict gluten-free diet, it’s best to avoid farro. However, there are several gluten-free alternatives you can use instead, such as brown rice, millet, or quinoa.
How to Make Instant Pot Farro
Fact: Instant Pot farro isn’t faster than the stovetop method. But here’s why we love it: it’s completely hands-off! With the Instant Pot, you don’t have to worry about constantly monitoring the pot. This frees up your stove to focus on preparing the main part of your meal. It may not sound groundbreaking, but it’s a game-changer for us!
Here are the basic steps for making Instant Pot farro:
- Place the farro, water, and salt in the Instant Pot.
- Pressure cook on High for 7 minutes.
- Allow for a natural release for 7 minutes. Then, open the Instant Pot and drain any excess liquid.
And that’s it! This method is incredibly simple and easy to remember.
Farro with mushrooms & Parmesan turns farro into a filling side or bowl meal
How to Serve Farro
There are endless ways to enjoy farro. Here are a few of our favorite serving suggestions:
- As a side dish with herbs: Season the farro with garlic and herbs, just like in our Basic Farro recipe. Pair it with salmon or shrimp for a delightful meal.
- In a salad: Create a Farro Salad by combining the chewy grain with crunchy vegetables and a zingy vinaigrette.
- With mushrooms & Parmesan: Transform farro into a wow-worthy dish with our recipe for Farro with Mushrooms.
- Use instead of rice: Season the farro with salt and substitute it for rice in curry or stir-fry dishes.
- In a grain bowl: Indulge in a Farro Roasted Vegetable Salad packed with tender roasted veggies and melty cheese.
- In a soup: Add chewy farro to soups like our Farro & Brussels Sprouts Soup. The best part? You don’t even need to precook it!
This Instant Pot Farro Recipe
Our Instant Pot farro recipe is not only delicious but also vegetarian, plant-based, dairy-free, and vegan-friendly. Give it a try and experience the wonders of perfectly cooked farro in no time!
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