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A top down shot of a bowl of barley that has been cooked on the stove. Instructions at theincrediblebulks.com

How to Cook Barley in the Instant Pot

From TheIncredibleBulks.com

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Calories: 103kcal
Pressure cooking barley is the quickest and easiest way to prepare this whole grain. Just set and forget!


Pearl Barley

  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 2 cups water (or broth)

Hulled Barley

  • 1 cup hulled barley
  • 2 ½ cups water (or broth)

Optional add ins for desired flavoring

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • etc. etc.


  • Thoroughly rinse the barley grains to prevent sticking.
  • Add barley, water and any desired seasoning to the Instant Pot. Stir and seal the lid.
  • Cook on high pressure (pressure cook or manual setting) for 20 mins for Pearl Barley, 25 mins for Hulled Barley.
  • Let Instant Pot naturally release for 15 minutes. Serve as desired!


1 cup of dried barley makes about 3 cups of cooked barley.
You can adjust the amount of barley made with the following ratios:
Pearl Barley: 1 cup barley to 2 cups water.
Hulled Barley: 1 cup barley to 2.5 cups water.  


Serving: 0.5cup | Sodium: 5mg | Calcium: 9mg | Fiber: 4.6g | Potassium: 1mg | Calories: 103kcal | Fat: 0.6g | Protein: 2.9g | Carbohydrates: 11.3g | Iron: 1mg