Cooking Instructions for Cracked Wheat

by Heidi Almond
Cracked wheat is high in fiber, low in fat and contains protein and iron.

Cracked wheat is high in fiber, low in fat and contains protein and iron.

Cracked wheat is simply wheat berries that have been cut or milled. If the wheat has been ground very fine, to an almost sand-like texture, add the cracked wheat without precooking it to bread and other baked goods to add crunch. Coarsely ground cracked wheat must be cooked with boiling water, and it is generally used in pilafs and salads like tabbouleh. The cooking proportions for cracked wheat is generally 1 part cracked wheat to 3 parts liquid, although cooking it in a slow cooker may require slightly less liquid.

Stovetop Instructions

Combine water and salt in a medium-sized pot and bring it to a boil over high heat. Alternately, cook your cracked wheat in broth for added flavor.

Stir in the cracked wheat and cover the pot. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting on your stove.

Cook the cracked wheat at a simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Your cracked wheat may cook more quickly or slowly, depending on how coarsely it is ground. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

Remove from the heat when the wheat has absorbed all the liquid and the cracked wheat is cooked through and chewy.

Microwave Instructions

Combine the cracked wheat and water or broth in a bowl.

Cook on high for 5 to 7 minutes. Stir the mixture three or four times during cooking.

Allow the cracked wheat to sit for an additional 2 minutes to absorb the remaining liquid.

Slow Cooker Instructions

Combine cracked wheat and water or broth in the crock of your slow cooker.

Cook on high for about 2 hours.

Drain off any remaining liquid.

Items you will need

  • Water or broth
  • 1/2-teaspoon salt (optional)
  • Herbs, spices and oil (optional)


  • Cracked wheat is similar to bulgur, which is made by wheat berries that are steamed and dried before they are cut. Bulgur cooks much more quickly than cracked wheat and has a lighter, softer texture.
  • Tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern salad made with cooked cracked wheat or bulgur, tomatoes, parsley, mint, onions and spices. Tabbouleh is usually served cold, and the cooked cracked wheat should be cooled before using it.
  • Combine hot, cooked cracked wheat with fruit, honey or maple syrup for a filling and nutritious hot breakfast cereal.
  • Cooked cracked wheat may be added to bread and other baked goods when it is warm or cold, but not when it is hot.


About the Author

Heidi Almond worked in the natural foods industry for more than seven years before becoming a full-time freelancer in 2010. She has been published in "Mother Earth News," "Legacy" magazine and in several local publications in Duluth, Minn. In 2002 Almond graduated cum laude from an environmental liberal arts college with a concentration in writing.

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