Here’s how to cook barley and our top barley recipes! This plump, chewy whole grain is ideal for salads, side dishes, and more.
- 1 cup barley
- 3 cups water
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Place the barley, salt, and water in a pot.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer 25 to 30 minutes for pearl barley and 45 to 1 hour for hulled barley (for hulled barley, you can add more water if the pan becomes dry).
- Drain any excess water. Season with additional salt, butter or olive oil, and herbs if serving as a side dish. Or, place it in a single layer on a baking sheet and allow to cool for a few minutes (pop it in the freezer to speed up cooling) before using in salad recipes.
- Category: Side dish
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Whole grain
- Diet: Vegan
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