How to Cook Farro in a Rice Cooker

Farro is a type of wheat that you can cook in a rice cooker. It has been around for centuries and was originally eaten by the Romans, so, as you might expect, it is popular in Italy. It can be eaten as an alternative to pasta or served with beans and vegetables, and it’s also grown in other European countries, such as France. In this article, I will discuss how to cook farro using a rice cooker.

What is Farro?

Farro is an ancient grain, but these days it has been gaining a lot of popularity in the United States because of its lovely, nutty taste and chewy texture when cooked.

The process to cook farro can be a long one (about 50 – 60 minutes) but this time can be shortened if you soak it before cooking for at least 30-45 minutes; however, it’s worth pointing out that unlike certain varieties of rice, soaking will not affect the taste.

Before cooking, it should be rinsed to remove any dirt or impurities that might have accumulated during harvesting and processing.

Like many other grains I have discussed, such as barley or couscous, Farro can be cooked on the stovetop or in your rice cooker but, as you might imagine, using a rice cooker is cleaner, simpler and yields better results so, this method wins, for me, every time.

Cooking Farro in a rice cooker is really very simple. Simply add adding water with some salt, bring the mixture to a boil, cover tightly so no steam escapes while boiling, then turn down the heat after about 40 minutes until cooked. Of course, many modern rice cookers come with a pre-programmed setting for Farro so, if your has one, simply pop the ingredients into the pot, select the program and go and do something more productive for an hour or so while it cooks.

How Do Rice Cookers Work?

Should you soak farro before cooking?

how to cook farro in a rice cooker

No. You should not soak farro before cooking it in a rice cooker. The reason for this is that, as I mentioned above, soaking will not affect the taste, and it takes a long time. If you are using your rice cooker, then you can leave the dish unattended. Whenever I cook farro in a rice cooker, I simply put the raw grains in and leave it for around 60 minutes.

What Can You Use Farro For?

Farro is a great addition to many dishes. For example, it can be served as a side dish on its own, usually with a few herbs and spices, or used to make salads. There are many recipes available online that use farro and all you need is the right proportion of ingredients. Here’s a quick and easy recipe for a cheese and vegetable salad with Farro

Salad with farro,cheese & vegetables

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • ⅔ cup farro, cooked;
  • ½ carrot, peeled and grated;
  • ½ cucumber, diced;
  • 100 grams feta cheese (crumbled);
  • ¼ teaspoon salt. Ingredients for dressing:
  • 60 ml olive oil or vegetable oil ;
  • 30 ml white wine vinegar or cider vinegar .
  • You will also need 30 ml fresh chives or parsley (chopped) .

This recipe yields two servings. First, you will need to cook the farro. Add water into your rice cooker along with some salt then bring to a boil.

Cover tightly while boiling for about 40 minutes; then turn down the heat and cook for another 20 minutes.

You can also use broth instead of water to add more flavor.

Next, prepare the vegetables by grating the carrot, dicing the cucumber, and crumbling the feta cheese. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, such as a salad bowl.

Last, you will need to make the dressing. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.

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Pour over the salad and enjoy!

Some FAQs

How much water do you need for 1 cup of farro?

Cooking farro in a rice cooker is a simple and effective way to prepare this hearty grain. To cook 1 cup of farro, you will need to add 2 cups of water. Once the water has come to a boil, add the farro and stir to combine. Cover the rice cooker and allow the farro to cook for about 20 minutes, or until it is tender. Once the farro is cooked, fluff it with a fork and serve as desired.

Do you rinse farro before cooking?

Given that farro is a type of grain, many people assume that it should be rinsed before cooking, in order to remove any dirt or debris. However, this is not the case. Farro doesn’t need to be rinsed before cooking, and doing so can actually lead to a decrease in flavor and texture. If you’re using a rice cooker to cook your farro, simply add the dry grains to the pot, along with the appropriate amount of water or broth. Then, set the cooker to the desired temperature and let it do its work. No rinsing is required.

Is farro better for you than rice?

Rice and farro are both grains that can be used in a variety of dishes. Rice is a staple food in many cultures, while farro is a lesser-known grain that is gaining popularity due to its nutritional benefits. So, which grain is better for you? Farro is a good source of fiber and protein, and it contains essential vitamins and minerals. It is also a low-glycemic food, which means that it won’t cause spikes in blood sugar levels. Rice, on the other hand, is a high-glycemic food that can cause blood sugar levels to rise. Additionally, rice is a processed grain that has been stripped of many of its nutrients. For these reasons, farro is generally considered to be a healthier option than rice. However, both grains can be part of a healthy diet as long as they are consumed in moderation.

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Can you overcook farro?

The key to cooking farro in a rice cooker is to use the correct amount of water. If you add too much water, the farro will be overcooked and mushy. However, if you don’t add enough water, the farro will be undercooked and crunchy. The best way to avoid overcooking your farro is to start with 1 cup of farro and 2 cups of water. This ratio will ensure that your farro is cooked through but still has a bit of bite.

How can you tell if farro is pearled?

Farro can be found in three different forms: whole grain, semi-pearled, and pearled. The pearling process removes the outer layer of the grain, resulting in a more refined product. Pearled farro takes less time to cook than whole grain or semi-pearled farro, making it a good choice for busy cooks. To tell if farro is pearled, look for grains that are uniform in size and shape. You should also be able to see the little “tail” that is characteristic of pearled farro. If you are unsure, you can always ask your grocer or check the packaging.


If you want to take things even further, then why not check out my other great rice cooker tips such as how to cook barley in a rice cooker, or find out what’s the best small rice cooker? Whatever you want to use it for, be sure to secure the best deal, and remember to look after your cooker with my great cleaning tips and, above all, have fun!

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