Cooking Instructions for Cracked Wheat

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Not Exotic, But a Hearty, Healthful Whole Grain

Grains are a mealtime staple at many tables, from plain white rice to exotic choices such as quinoa and farro. The healthiest choices are whole grains, and one that's often overlooked is cracked wheat. It's still considered a "whole" grain, even though it's chopped into small pieces, because it contains all of the wheat's goodness, including the fiber-rich bran and the nutritious wheat germ. You can cook cracked wheat as a hot breakfast cereal, but it's at its versatile best when prepared rice-fashion and used in pilafs or salads.

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.

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