How to Cook Millet (+ 7 recipes!)

Millet is a delicious, versatile, gluten free grain with a host of health benefits. Learn how to cook millet, and get some tasty millet recipes.

Millet is a delicious, versatile, gluten-free grain with a host of health benefits. Learn how to cook millet, and get some delicious plant-based millet recipes to help you start eating more of this nutritious whole grain.

Millet is a small grain, similar in size to quinoa or couscous when cooked. It’s fluffy, slightly nutty and lovely in many recipes where you’d normally use quinoa or rice. Cooking with less rice can benefit your health, especially if you’re on a gluten-free diet. Because rice can be contaminated with arsenic and mercury, diets heavy in rice increase your exposure to these heavy metals. Try millet instead of rice as the bed under your next stir fry or veggie bowl!

Below are some options for how to cook millet, plus millet recipes to help you get a feel for how to use it.

 

How to Cook Millet on the Stove

Yield: about 3 cups cooked millet

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dry millet

Method

  1. Rinse the millet well, and drain.
  2. Bring the water or broth to a boil, then add the millet. Bring back to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for about 25 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed.

How to Cook Millet in the Pressure Cooker

Yield: about 3 cups cooked millet

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dry millet

Method

  1. Rinse the millet well, and drain.
  2. Combine the water or broth with the millet in your pressure cooker pot. Bring to high pressure, and cook for 10 minutes. Let the pressure come down naturally (about 10-15 minutes).

How to Cook Millet in the Slow Cooker

Yield: about 4 1/2 cups cooked millet

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dry millet

Method

  1. Rinse the millet well, and drain.
  2. Combine the water or broth with the millet in your slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours.

How to Cook Millet in the Rice Cooker

Yield: about 2 1/2 cups cooked millet

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dry millet

Method

  1. Rinse the millet well, and drain.
  2. Combine the water or broth with the millet in your rice cooker pot. Turn the rice cooker on (if your cooker has a brown rice option, use that), and let it go. When the cooker clicks off, you’re ready to eat. It takes about half an hour.

7 Millet Recipes

Millet and Veggie Breakfast Tacos

1. Millet and Veggie Breakfast Tacos – Start your day with these healthy, delicious tacos!

Millet Chili from Healthy Slow Cooking

2. Cranberry Bean, Bulgur and Millet Chili – A mix of beans and whole grains make this vegan chili hearty and filling.

Millet Porridge from Ricki Heller

3. Baked Millet-Squash Porridge – Just like quinoa, millet is a lovely alternative to oatmeal in the morning.

Greens Pie with Millet Amaranth Crust from Dianne Wenz

4. Greens Pie with Millet Amaranth Crust – This hearty, flavorful beans-and-greens pie is topped with plenty of healthy millet.

Millet Black Bean Patties from Veggie Inspired Journey

5. Millet Black Bean Patties – Who needs rice? These delicious millet bean burgers are packed with flavor!

Millet Burger

6. Millet Burgers with Chive Pesto – Just leave out the egg (or substitute 3 tablespoons aquafaba) to make this a vegan recipe.

Millet has a deep nutty taste and is the most alkaline grain. The pudding tastes as good as it looks!

7. Millet Pudding – This sweet, whole grain pudding works well for breakfast or for dessert.

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