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How to Cook Barley on the Stove

From TheIncredibleBulks.com

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 7 half cup servings
Calories: 103kcal
Barley is easy to cook on the stove! Just simmer with water and you have a tasty whole grain that can be used in a variety of ways.


  • 1 cup dry barley pearl or hulled
  • 3 cups water


  • Rinse the dry barley grains under cold water to remove any dirt and excess starch.
  • Add water and dry barley to pot on the stove. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Lower the heat to a simmer and COVER the pot. Pearl Barley will simmer for about 25 mins, while hulled barley will need 40.
  • After the required time, remove the lid and check the barley for desired chewiness. If you'd like it softer, add a little water and continue to simmer until water is absorbed. (If too much water is added and the grain reaches desired texture, drain the excess water).
  • Fluff with a fork and enjoy!


To cook more or less barley, use the ratio of 1 cup barley to 3 cups water.


Serving: 0.5cup | Sodium: 5mg | Calcium: 9mg | Fiber: 4.6g | Potassium: 1mg | Cholesterol: 0mg | Calories: 103kcal | Saturated Fat: 0g | Fat: 0.6g | Protein: 2.9g | Carbohydrates: 22.3g | Iron: 1mg