Barley is a grain that has a rich, nutty flavor and a chewy texture. It decreases cholesterol, is full of fiber and can often be used in place of brown rice and quinoa to add variety!
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword Barley, Hulled Barley, Pearled Barley
Cook Time 30 minutesminutes
1cupbarleypearled or hulled
2cupswater or vegetable broth
1Tbspparsley, dried optional
ground black pepperto taste
Rinse barley under running water.
Add water and barley to a medium saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, cover and let simmer until barey is soft. For pearled barley, cook time will be around 25 to 30 minutes. For hulled barley, cook time will be anywhere from 1 hour to an 1 hour and 30 minutes. Add more water if the pan becomes dry before the barley has finished cooking. Check every 5 minutes until desired chewiness is reached.
Stir in parsley, salt and pepper.
Nutrition information is calculated using water, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. To reduce the cook time of hulled barley, soak the barley in water overnight. Drain the water and cook as instructed but cut the cooking time in half.If you'd like to limit your salt intake, use water rather than vegetable broth.Barley should triple in size when cooked. Store in an airtight container for 5-7 days.