How to Cook Pearl Barley

What is Pearl Barley?

Pearl barley are barley grains have been hulled and the bran layer has been removed. Because it’s not polished like white rice, the grains have a few brown specks and are ivory in colour.

One cup dried pearl barley yields four cups cooked barley. It can be eaten as a side like rice or cooled and used in salads.

Wash the pearl barley until the water runs clear.

Put the washed barley in a pot. Add the water

and bring to a boil on the stove top.

Simmer over low heat for 30-45 minutes, until the barley is tender.

Fluff the barley and serve, if serving hot. This will give four cups.

If using it for salads, spread it on a large plate and let it cool completely.

The barley grains will plump up and yield four cups. They will always be slightly chewy.

How to Cook Pearl Barley

Preparation time: 2 minutes; Cooking time: 30-43 minutes; Makes: 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 3 cups water 
  • Salt to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Wash the pearl barley until the water runs clear.
  2. Put the washed barley in a pot. Add the water and bring to a boil on the stove top. Simmer over low heat for 30-45 minutes, until the barley is tender.
  3. Fluff the barley and serve, if serving hot. This will give four cups.

Points to Note

  1. Please note that barley will always be slightly chewy, like brown rice.
  2. You can also use chicken or vegetable stock to cooke the barley instead of water.
  3. If using it for salads, spread it on a large plate and let it cool completely.

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4 thoughts

      1. I have a recipe for a sort of risotto with pearl spelt that I have also made with barley (it has bacon and sautéed radishes). I don’t have a soup or stew recipe sorry, but you could start with adding a handful to any vegetable soup when you sauté the vegetables…

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