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How to Cook Farro

from kristineskitchenblog.com
Learn how to cook farro on the stove - it's quick and easy! Farro has a delicious nutty flavor and pleasantly chewy texture. It's perfect for adding to salads, soups and grain bowls, or serve it as a simple side dish.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 176kcal


  • 1 cup pearled farro see notes below for other types of farro
  • 5 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Place the farro in a fine mesh strainer and rinse well under cold running water. Drain and set aside.
  • Pour 5 cups of water into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Once the water is boiling, add the salt. Then stir in the rinsed farro and reduce the heat to a medium simmer.
  • Simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, or until farro reaches your desired texture. It should be tender yet chewy.
  • Use a colander or strainer to drain the farro.
  • Farro can be served warm immediately or cooled before serving. To cool, spread it out on a rimmed baking sheet and allow to cool for 15-20 minutes.


  • Pearled farro is the most common type found in most grocery stores. To cook semi-pearled farro, increase the cook time to 25-30 minutes. To cook whole farro, increase the cook time to 35-40 minutes.
  • Cooked farro may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 
  • To freeze farro, first flash freeze it by spreading it out on a rimmed baking sheet and putting it in the freezer for 2 hours. Once frozen, transfer to an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.


Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 310mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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