Pot Barley

Barley is a wonderful whole grain for you to add into your diet. Although pearl barley is still good for you, pot barley is less refined and has a superior nutritional profile. Bottom line, look for the pot barley first.



  1. Soak the barley for 8 hours or overnight in ample water.
  2. Rinse the barley in a strainer. Drain well and remove any debris that may have made into your barley.
  3.  Now bring the 3 cups of water or broth to a boil. Add the barley, reduce heat to simmer and cover with a lid.
  4.  Simmer barley for 1 hour, strain remaining water and serve.
  • PREP 5 mins
  • COOK 1 hour


  •  If you are using water try adding some spices! Cumin, coriander, paprika, turmeric, chilli powder etc. Add in anywhere from ¼ to 1 teaspoon of each spice depending on your taste preferences and see what flavours you like best.


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4 thoughts on “Pot Barley”

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    December 12, 2019
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    April 12, 2020
    I never thought of adding spices, and will try that. Aren’t you supposed to soak the pot barley overnight?
    • April 27, 2020
      That is actually a good point. Pearl barley is fine to cook right away, but pearl barley is best soaked overnight.
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    August 30, 2020
    Thank you. I appreciate people like you who share the basics of how to do things. I would have wondered and guessed and got it all wrong. Thanks to you I am eating pot barley. :)

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