Using a pressure cooker for whole grains is so easy!
Wondering how to cook rye berries? These Instant Pot Rye Berries will become you favorite way to add whole grains to your diet!
Whole grains in an Instant Pot.
In our efforts to eat healthier and following a more Mediterranean diet, we have been trying to add whole grains to our diet every day. The problem is that whole grains usually take at least an hour to cook. That's an hour that I have to keep an eye on the stove.
The Instant Pot has made this so easy! While I've found that it doesn't save a huge amount of time, what it does save is my attention.
I can get the Instant Pot going and go outside and work in the garden. I don't have to worry about it at all, not like a pot sitting on my gas stove.
Step by step instructions.
To cook rye berries in an Instant Pot, I first saute them in a little olive oil. This adds some wonderful toasty flavor notes, plus the oil helps with any foaming from the whole grains. I then add 4 cups of water.
The rye berries cook under pressure for 25 minutes.
Then I let it do a NPR (natural pressure release) - this usually takes about 25 minutes. I use a NPR because grains can sometimes foam up.
Then because I am usually using them in some sort of salad, I drain them, and spread them out to dry on a cookie sheet. They can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days.
The total time for the rye berries is about an hour. The best part though is that it is unattended time. I can go work in the yard, I can run errands, something I don't feel good about doing when I have a pot on the stove.
With the Instant Pot, eating whole grains every day is so easy! For even more easy pressure cooker recipes check out my Instant Pot Category.
Use whole grains in a salad!
Use these rye berries in any grain salad like these:
- Yellow Squash and Farro Salad
- Wild Rice Salad with Oranges and Grapes
- How to Make a Grain Salad
- Chicken and Sweet Potato Farro Salad
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Instant Pot Rye Berries
- 1 cup rye berries
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Turn Instant Pot to the saute function and add 1 tablespoon of oil. When the oil is hot, add the rye berries and stir to coat with the oil. Saute for about 5 minutes or until the rye berries are toasted and just starting to make popping sounds.
- Add 4 cups of water to the Instant Pot, being careful of any steam. Stir. Lock lid in place and set vent to sealing. Turn off saute feature and use manual to set time to 25 minutes at high pressure.
- After time is up, let pressure release naturally, this may take about 25 minutes. When valve drops, open lid. Drain off any excess water. Stir rye berries in refrigerator for 3-4 days.