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How to cook freekah

How to Cook Freekah

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x


Want to eat more nutritious whole grains? Here’s how to cook freekah, and ideas on how to use this ancient grain in healthy meals.


  • 1 cup cracked freekeh
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • Kosher salt
  • Optional seasoning: 
    • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs (basil, thyme or oregano)
    • 1 minced garlic clove or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 tablespoon salted butter


  1. Combine the freekah and water and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, then simmer uncovered gently for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the freekah is tender and the liquid is completely absorbed. (Taste at 15 minutes, and if it’s tender, you can drain off a little of the excess liquid.)
  2. Remove from the heat, cover, and let stand to steam for 5 minutes.
  3. Season with about 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. Optional: step it up by also stirring in the listed chopped fresh herbs (basil, thyme, or oregano), minced garlic clove or garlic powder, and salted butter. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern