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Stovetop Buckwheat

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Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 to 20 minutes
Makes: 3 cups
Nutrition Facts: View label


  • 1 ½ to 2 cups water (more water for softer grains)
  • 1 cup buckwheat (often called groats)


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add buckwheat and return to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low, cover pan and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes. Use less time to keep grains separate. Use more time for creamier grains.
  4. Turn off heat and drain extra liquid or let sit for 5 minutes to soak up extra liquid.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • For more flavor, cook with broth or milk instead of water.
  • Topping ideas: fresh, frozen or dried fruit; milk or yogurt; chopped nuts or seeds; cinnamon or other spices. Savory toppings include chopped vegetables and grated cheese.
  • Add to soups, grain bowls or grain salads.


This is my first time to make buckwheat after getting a sample package to try. I did find that less water and time (1 1/2 cups and10 minutes) was all the cooking time I needed to use this in a grain bowl. The first batch I made with more water and time; it was softer and I liked it as a hot cereal with toppings (chopped nuts, blueberries and a bit of milk). I plan to get some more and try again!

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