How to Cook Wheat Berries in a Pressure Cooker

Wheat berries are delicious little whole grain gems, that sort of explode in your mouth when you bite them. They have a slightly nutty flavor, but are mostly neutral, so are like a blank canvas for whatever flavors you like!

One of my least favorite things about wheat berries, though, is how looooooong they take to cook. They typically require a vigorous boil in water for over an hour. But using the Instapot or another similar pressure cooker is a game changer! Just 27 minutes of cook time and you don’t have to worry about it boiling dry! That means you can tend to other important things in your day instead of being held captive by your stove! Pressure cooker wheat berries for the win! 🙂

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Bowl of cooked wheat berries.

What is a Wheat Berry?

Wheat berries are simply the whole wheat grain. If you grind up wheat berries, you have whole wheat flour.

There are several varieties of wheat berry on the market, and are classified in different ways. Spring wheat is planted in the spring for harvest in the fall, and winter wheat is planted in the fall for harvest in the spring. Further, red wheat has a slightly reddish color, and is a little higher in protein, while white wheat is lighter in color, with a slightly lower protein content. And to take it one step further, hard wheat is (shockingly) harder and thinner in shape, and soft wheat is softer and rounder.

White wheat is good for delicate baked goods, like cookies and rolls. Red wheat is better for denser, heavier baked goods, like rustic bread and crackers. The hardness/softness matters a little less once the grain is ground, but soft wheat will generally produce a bit lighter of a product.

If you’re buying the wheat berries to eat as they are, any variety will do!

Are Wheat Berries Healthy?

When you’re eating for heart health (and really, your health in general), whole grain matters! And wheat berries are a whole grain. They are high in fiber, are a good source of iron, and are surprisingly a good protein source as well. A serving has as much protein as an egg! A great addition to your heart healthy diet!

A note: wheat berries are not gluten-free. If you have celiac disease or are otherwise gluten intolerant, you should not eat wheat berries.

What Can I Do With Wheat Berries?

Wheat berries are incredibly versatile! Here are just some ideas for your wheat berries:

If you make Pressure Cooker Wheat Berries, let me know how they come out in the comments below!

Instant Pot Wheat Berries

No more boiling for over an hour on the stovetop! Wheat berries are fast and easy to make using your pressure cooker!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Natural pressure release 10 minutes
Total Time 49 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 170 kcal
Author Laura Yautz

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 cup Wheat Berries

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients to the pot of your pressure cooker.
  2. Set the manual timer for 27 minutes on high pressure. (It will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure.)

  3. When cooking is done, allow the pressure to natural release for 10 minutes before quick-releasing the remaining pressure.
  4. Drain the water from the wheat berries, and enjoy as is or use in recipes!
Bowl of cooked wheat berries. Text overlay: Wheat Berries in the Instant Pot.
Bowl of cooked wheat berries. Text overlay: Wheat Berries in the Instant Pot.
Bowl of cooked wheat berries. Text overlay: Wheat Berries in the Instant Pot.
Bowl of cooked wheat berries. Text overlay: Instant Pot Wheat Berries.
Bowl of cooked wheat berries. Text overlay: How to Cook Wheat Berries in an Instant Pot.
Bowl of cooked wheat berries. Text overlay: How to Cook Wheat Berries in an Instant Pot.
Bowl of cooked wheat berries. Text overlay: How to Cook Wheat Berries in an Instant Pot.

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