Red Lentils
Recipe by Chef Michael Williams
Michael Williams

Red Lentils

  • Prep time 3 mins
  • Cook time 10 mins

Red lentils are a super quick cooking legume ready in 10 minutes or less! So they are perfect for that last minute healthy addition to a meal. They are very high in protein, 3rd overall as far as plant based foods go and they are high in iron.



  1.  Give your lentils a rinse and then drain very well. Add to a small pot with the water and salt and bring to a boil.
  2.  Reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes.
  3. 3. Remove from the heat and let the lentils sit until all or most of the water is absorbed.
  4.  Give a good stir and then serve with your favourite protein, and lots of veggies. This is also a natural fit for curry dishes and soups alike or use in place of rice in stir-fry’s or noodles in pasta.


  •  You can use broth instead of water to bump up the flavour, but I like adding spices. Cumin, coriander, paprika, turmeric, chilli powder etc. Add in anywhere from ¼ to 1 teaspoon depending on your taste preferences and see what flavours you like best.

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Reviews on "Red Lentils" (4)

  1. June 30, 2020
    This recipe was perfect! Perfect ratios and timing. I have been daunted by cooking lentils on the stove for a while now (I always use the slow cooker) but decided to try a quicker approach today. Thank you for making it so easy to get the nutrition from lentils I’ve missing! Going to use this all the time.
  2. February 27, 2021
    I absolutely LOVE this recipe!! Thank you so much for figuring out what to do with overcooked lentils. My first time making red lentils was a disaster. And this recipe saved me. And now I have a new favorite!! Maybe I won’t ever learn how to make red lentils the right way. I just want to have this dish!
  3. August 10, 2021
    Fast. Easy. Delicious. This one was dead on.
  4. October 4, 2021
    Forget the fast food places, restaurants, pre-packaged foods, etc. Cook your own food. it is more nutritious, is not filled with chemicals, and, like this recipe, can also be very quick to cook. Homemade is the only way to go.

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