Basic Pearl Barley Pressure Cooker Recipe

Recipe Category: Grain


Basic Pearl Barley Pressure Cooker Recipe


Makes about 4 cups; serves 6 – Cooker: 5- to 7-quart – Time: 18 minutes at HIGH pressure

  • 1½ cups pearl barley, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups water or vegetable broth


  1. Combine the barley, oil, salt, and water in a 5- to 7-quart pressure cooker that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray
  2. Close and lock the lid
  3. Set the burner heat to high
  4. When the cooker reaches HIGH pressure, reduce the burner heat as low as you can and still maintain HIGH pressure
  5. Set a timer to cook for 18 minutes
  6. Remove the pot from the heat
  7. Open the cooker with the Natural Release method; let stand for 10 minutes
  8. At time, if the pressure is not all released, open the valve
  9. Be careful of the steam as you remove the lid
  10. Drain
  11. Spoon out the cooked grain to a serving bowl to serve immediately or cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days

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