Pearl Barley How to Cook/Recipes

Barley How to Cook/Recipes
Barley How to Cook/Recipes

Barley has been overlooked for years.  What is Barley?  Barley is a healthy high fiber, high protein grain.  Cooked barley has a chewy texture and nutty flavor, similar to brown rice.

Pearl Barley is most commonly used.  Now you can find quick cooking or instant barley which cuts down on soaking or cooking time.

Barley can lower cholesterol, reduces risk of coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and colon cancer.

How do I cook Barley?  To cook barley cover 1 cup of barley with 2 cups of water or any type of broth vegetable, chicken or beef.  Bring to a boil and lower to simmer for around 30 to 40 minutes.  Most of the liquid will be absorbed.

Pre-soak Barley.  Cover barley with water or broth and let soak from one hour to over night.  Cooking time is reduced by around 15 minutes if you pre-soak.

What do I do with barley?  Add barley to soups and stews.  Substitute barley in place of rice.  Serve with curry and stir fries.  Eat barley in place of oatmeal for breakfast.  Add some brown sugar, maple syrup to barley and enjoy a warm breakfast.

Here are two wonder dishes using Pearl Barley.

Vegan Barley Casserole

3 Tablespoons butter
1 onion chopped
2 celery ribs chopped
1 cup mushrooms sliced
1 bell pepper chopped
1 cup pearl barley
2 cups vegetable broth (or any type of broth)
1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper

Melt butter in a large skillet.  Add onion, celery, mushrooms and peppers.  Stir and cook until soft.  Add pearl barley, salt and pepper.  Stir to combine.

Pour in broth and bring to a boil.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Pour into casserole dish.  Cover dish .  Bake 30 minutes.  Uncover dish and bake for 15 more minutes.  Most of the liquid will be absorbed.

Barley Risotto

2 garlic cloves minced
1 Tablespoon olive oil
3/4 cup mushrooms sliced
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1/2 cup barley
3 cups vegetable broth ( any kind broth)
1/3 cup ricotta cheese
1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper

Soak barley for an hour or over night.  Drain any left over water off of barley.

In a pan bring vegetable broth to a boil.

In a large skillet add garlic and olive oil.  Cook for 1 minutes.  Add mushrooms and cook until soft.   Add salt and pepper.

Add barley and boiling vegetable broth to skillet.  Cook until almost all the liquid is absorbed.  Should take 20 to 30 minutes.  Stir often so doesn’t stick.

Stir in risotto.  Mix and serve.  ENJOY!



50 thoughts on “Pearl Barley How to Cook/Recipes

  1. I can’t recall ever cooking Barley and I didn’t even know it existed. That’s not to say my mom didn’t use it and I just didn’t know about it. I’ll have to see if I can find some to try because I do love brown rice and if it’s at all similar I’d probably like it as well.

  2. I always have barley in my pantry because I love it so much, especially in soups. It always reminds me of the soup I ate in the school cafeteria when I was a little girl. It was full of pearl barley and so, so good. I’ll have to try your recipes too. Sounds delicious!

  3. I have actually never heard of this form of drain. I’ve heard of barley but not pearl barley. I am looking to eat a lot healthier so it’ll be something I’ll have to check in to!

  4. My mom always prefers Vegan Barley Casserole. I have heard it is nutritious. Personally I have not tasted barley and after reading your post I am tempted to try it out now.

  5. Many people compare barley against wheatgrass. Which has the more fiber? We love drinking barley juice because it’s refreshing and we know it’s nutritious as well.

    1. Both are high in fiber. Don’t know which one has more fiber. People should still cook and eat barley as well as use wheat grass.

  6. Yummy recipes! I love barley but I really don’t have that many recipes that use it. I mostly add it to Dublin coddle or beef and barley soup. I’ll have to try your risotto and casserole recipes.

  7. I don’t think I’ve ever tried to cook with barley before. I’m intrigued now and should try it out. I know I’ve had barley soups in the past and liked them.

  8. I love barley but never made it! These recipes both sound great (Im veg so any of these types of recipes you can easily swap out veg stock so that is so good for me!)

  9. Thank you for this! I never cooked barley before because I was unsure one what to do with it. Now I will have to try it in some soups I usually put brown rice in.

  10. I LOVE barley risotto! My son has celiac disease and we keep a completely gluten-free house and barley is one of the things I miss the most!

  11. I did not know barley is high in protein, thank you for letting me know this! My daughter is a vegetarian and I am always trying to make sure she gets the needed protein for the day. I will have to add barley to more meals for her. Thanks for these recipes!

  12. I am diabetic and I am going to include more barley in my diet. I should be eating food with a low glycemic index, and if Barley is recommended for type 2 Diabetes, then maybe it has a low index. Yay! I’m going to get some next time I shop.

  13. I remember Barley being used in the kitchen by my grandmother,but memories are faint. Indeed Barley is not much in vogue, but I understand it is very good for health. Will try out the recipes that you have suggested.

  14. well I can say that I have never ever cooked or eaten barley. That said, I always see it on lists that are high in protein. I will have to give it a try since I do want to eat healthier and need recipes that dont have meat.

  15. Babushka has heard of barley in song, but never really cooked with it, or known of anyone that has. Truly an underused grain! Gracias for the recipes and info.

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