Cooking Barley

Barley is a versatile whole grain that is high in fiber and antioxidants. Use it in soups, salads, or as a hot breakfast cereal.

Cooking Barley

  • Servings: 3-4 cups
  • Difficulty: easy
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Add cooked barley to soups and salads, or top with a splash of skim milk, nuts, and some honey for a chewy alternative to oatmeal.


  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 3 cups water or no-salt-added chicken or vegetable stock
  • pinch of salt (optional)


  1. Combine the barley and water in a medium saucepan or stock pot. Add salt, if desired.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low, cover, and simmer until the grain is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 40-50 minutes. Add more water if the pan becomes dry and the barley is still crunchy.
  3. Turn off heat and allow to sit 5-10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and enjoy!


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