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Instant Pot Barley Recipe: Simple Steps

Written by: Emily Smith

This Instant Pot Barley Delight is my go-to comfort food. It's simple, hearty, and oh-so-satisfying. Just barley, water or broth, and a dash of salt - pure, wholesome goodness in a bowl!

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Imagine throwing together simple ingredients, barley, water or broth, with a dash of salt, and voila! A delightful meal cooked right in your instant pot. As I share this recipe, picture the comfort of warm, fluffy barley, rich in nutrients, in every spoonful you take. Let's get cooking!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Barley Delight

  • Barley: Hearty whole grain adds a chewy texture and nutty flavor, making the dish filling and nutritious.

Essential Tools for Making This Barley Recipe

  • Instant Pot: Speeds up cooking process and ensures even cooking of barley.
  • Measuring cup: Essential for accurately measuring barley and water to achieve the right consistency.

Instant Pot Barley Recipe: Simple Steps

This Instant Pot Barley Recipe is a quick and easy way to prepare a nutritious side dish or base for your meals. With just a few simple ingredients, you can have perfectly cooked barley in no time.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 170 kcal


  • Instant Pot



  • 1 cup barley
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • to taste salt


  • Rinse the barley under cold water.
  • Place barley, water or broth, and salt in the Instant Pot.
  • Close the lid, set the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes.
  • Allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes before quick releasing any remaining pressure.
  • Fluff the barley with a fork and serve.


This recipe is perfect as a side dish or a base for salads and bowls. Feel free to add your favorite herbs and spices to enhance the flavor.


Calories: 170kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 4gFat: 1gPotassium: 150mgFiber: 8gCalcium: 20mgIron: 1.5mg
Keyword Barley, Easy Recipe, Instant Pot
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Can You Make Instant Pot Barley Delight Ahead of Time?

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the barley as directed and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Allow the cooked barley to cool completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container or bag.
  • Label the container with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Barley is a versatile grain that can be used in both savory and sweet dishes, adding a nutty flavor and chewy texture to your recipes.

Common Questions About This Barley Instant Pot Recipe

How long does it take to cook barley in the instant pot?
Barley typically takes 20 minutes to cook in the instant pot.
Can I use broth instead of water for cooking barley?
Yes, you can use broth instead of water for added flavor.
Do I need to rinse the barley before cooking?
It's recommended to rinse the barley under cold water before cooking to remove any debris.
How do I know when the barley is cooked?
The barley is cooked when it is tender and has absorbed the liquid.
Can I add other seasonings or ingredients to the barley?
Feel free to customize your barley dish by adding herbs, spices, or vegetables during the cooking process.

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