How To Cook Wheat Berries – Basic Wheat Berries Recipe

Wheat berries are a type of grain very popular and full of nutrition. But not many people know how to cook wheat berries in the right way. So, you can find out more information in detail in this article. Also, you will get answers to questions related when cooking wheat berries and know more information about it.

1. What Are Wheat Berries?

Wheat berries are the edible kernels of whole wheat grain. The husks of wheat berries are removed, but the bran, germ, & endosperm remains intact. They do not undergo the refining process.

The wheat berries have a bite-like texture and sweet, nutty taste. They can be used for both delicious as well as savory recipes. They do not have an over-powering flavor and instead soak up the characteristics of the stock, sauce, or dressing used to prepare them.

2. Should you soak Wheat Berries?

The answer is that you should Soak it. First, spread out the raw wheat berries in a large tray. Check thoroughly and throw away any stones, dirt, or debris you find among the grains.

Then, soak the wheat berries overnight (for 10-12 hours) in a bowl of cold water. After soaking time is up, drain the water and start cooking. Soaking reduces the cooking time by 10 minutes and helps the body absorb the nutrients efficiently.

How To Cook Wheat Berries

2. How to Cook Wheat Berries


  • 1 cup of wheat berries (soaked)
  • 3 cups of filtered water
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • Olive oil or butter (for flavor) (optional)

   How long to cook wheat berries

It takes about 45-50 minutes to cook wheat berries.


Step 1: Fill a saucepan with 3 cups of filtered water. Add the soaked wheat berries and season with salt. Stir it.

Step 2: Place the saucepan on the stove over high heat until the liquid comes to a boil. Now, decrease the temperature to low, cover the saucepan with a well-fitted lid and simmer for 35 minutes.

Step 3: After 35 minutes is up, uncover the saucepan and do a taste-test. The wheat berries should be tender and have a chewy texture. If you feel it’s not done yet, simmer and do the taste-test after every 5 minutes until it tastes perfect. Turn off the stove and let the wheat berries sit covered in the steam for 10-15 minutes.

Step 4: Uncover the saucepan and drain the excess liquid. Drizzle some olive oil or a dollop of butter. If needed, add a dash of salt and serve warm.

I am sure that after reading the writing, you can know well how to cook wheat berries. Please follow each step with happiness and carefulness, to get the best result.

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