Wheat berries are a type of grain prevalent and full of nutrition. But not many people know how to cook wheat berries on the stovetop properly. So, you can find out more information in detail in my article.

1. Frequently Asked Questions

1.1. Should Wheat Berries Be Soaked Before Cooking?

You can cook wheat berries that don’t need to soak them before cooking, however soaking will reduce the cooking time ( about 10 minutes ) and helps the body absorb nutrients efficiently.

1.2. Should Rinse Wheat Berries Before Cooking?

It is generally recommended to rinse wheat berries before cooking them. Rinsing helps remove any dirt, debris, or impurities that may be present on the grains. Additionally, rinsing can help remove any natural or added substances like dust, chaff, or residues from processing.

1.3. How Much Wheat Berries Per Person?

According to my real experience, you should use approximately 1/4 to 1/3 cup (45 to 60 grams) of dry wheat berries per person.

2. How To Cook Wheat Berries on Stovetop


  • 1 cup of hard red winter wheat berries
  • 3 cups of water or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil


Rinse the hard red winter wheat berries in a fine-mesh strainer under cold water, and pick out any debris or stones.

In a medium-sized pot, add the rinsed wheat berries and 3 cups of water or vegetable broth. Add salt to taste.

Bring the water to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a lid.

Simmer the hard red winter wheat berries for a hour, or until they’re tender but still chewy. You may need to add more water or broth during the cooking process if the liquid evaporates.

Once the hard red winter wheat berries are done cooking, drain off any excess liquid, add 1/2 tsp olive oil and fluff them with a fork.

Serve the cooked wheat berries as a side dish, or use them as a base for salads or bowls.

3. What To Do With Cooked Wheat Berries

Salads: Mix cooked wheat berries with vegetables, fruits, nuts, and dressing to make a hearty salad. Try mixing cooked wheat berries with diced tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, feta cheese, and a lemon vinaigrette for a Mediterranean-inspired salad.

Soups: Add cooked wheat berries to soups for extra texture and flavor. Try adding cooked wheat berries to vegetable soup or minestrone soup.

Bowls: Use cooked wheat berries as a base for bowls. Top with roasted vegetables, protein, and dressing for a filling meal. Try topping cooked wheat berries with roasted sweet potato, baked chicken breast, and a tahini dressing for a satisfying bowl.

Side dishes: Use cooked wheat berries as a side dish instead of rice or potatoes. Try mixing cooked wheat berries with sautéed garlic, mushrooms, and spinach for a flavorful side dish.

Breakfast: Use cooked wheat berries as a breakfast grain instead of oatmeal or quinoa. Mix with milk, cinnamon, and honey for a warm and satisfying breakfast.

I sure that after reading this article, you can know well how to cook wheat berries in 3 different ways. You only need to follow each step with happiness and carefulness to get the best result

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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