Basic stovetop cooking instructions (makes 4 servings):

  • Rinse the pearl barley in a fine-mesh strainer under cold water.
  • In a pot, bring 3 cups (18oz) of water or broth to a boil.
  • Stir in 1 cup (6oz) of rinsed pearl barley.
  • Return to a boil, then reduce to simmer.
  • Add salt to your liking.
  • Cover the pot and cook for 30-40 min, or until tender.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and let it sit covered for 5-10 min.
  • Fluff the barley with a fork and serve.