18 Easy Millet Recipes + How to Cook Millet

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Find out what the awesome grain millet is, how to cook it and which sweet and savory recipes you can make with it! 

If you’re on a gluten-free diet, you’ve probably heard of the grain millet! It’s similar to quinoa and can be transformed into delicious recipes, primarily side dishes.

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It’s easy to cook in under 20 minutes, has a distinct and delicious flavor, and needs to find a place in your pantry!

Learn more about staple foods like bread, peanut butter, or soy products on our website and enjoy this quick guide on how to cook millet as well as the best millet recipes to try.

What is millet?

Millet is a gluten-free grain that can be prepared as a whole seed or ground into flour and used for baking.

It’s an excellent replacement for rice or bulgur and really versatile. Millet has a yellowish color, is small and round, and tastes earthy and slightly sweet.

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How to cook millet

You can cook millet as you would cook rice. Before cooking, you can soak it in water first and drain it to make the millet easier to digest.

If you toast dry millet in a skillet over high heat before cooking it with water, you enhance its flavors!

The easiest and most straightforward method is to cook it straight from the package, using a ratio of 1:2 (one part millet, two parts water). Season the millet with salt or vegetable broth while cooking to enhance the flavors!

Bring the water with the millet to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Fluff the cooked millet with a fork if you like, then serve as a side or use it for any of the recipes down below in the article!

How to store millet

Millet can be used for meal prep and to have as an emergency food because it stores really well.

Packaged, dry millet can be stored at room temperature for years. Cooked millet should be placed in an airtight container, once cooled, then stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Freeze cooked millet for up to 3 months in an airtight container or plastic bag. Reheat millet in the microwave or on the stove over medium heat.

Easy millet recipes

Let’s get to the exciting part: delicious sweet and savory millet recipes covering breakfast, portable lunch ideas, and even dessert.

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18 Easy Millet Recipes + How to Cook Millet

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Find out what the awesome grain millet is and which sweet and savory recipes you can make with it! The following recipe shows you how to cook millet with only a few simple steps.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry millet
  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Place dry millet into a skillet and toast for 2 minutes. Stir to make sure no seeds get burned.
  2. Add water or vegetable broth and salt to the skillet. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let the millet simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Add any herbs or spices and stir to combine, then serve as a side dish or use for recipes.

Notes

  • Add some olive oil while cooking if you like.
  • Swap some of the water for dairy-free milk to make the millet richer!
  • Find 18 more millet recipes in the article above.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: ½ recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 104Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!

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About Alena Handwritten FontAlena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.

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