How to Cook Millet

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October 17, 2012 by tayim

There is no one right way to cook millet, but this is my tried-and-true go-to recipe when I’m in the mood for a tasty gluten free hot breakfast cereal.  And it’s nutritious!  Check out the millet nutrition information at the end of the post.

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1/2 Cup Millet

1.5 Cups Water

1 Cup Water




In a small pot, heat the butter.  Add the millet to the butter and brown.  You will know it’s ready when it starts smelling toasty!  Add 3 parts water for 1 part millet, in this case, 1.5 cups of water and 1/2 cup of millet.  Bring to a boil and cover for 15 minutes.  After 15 minutes, add an additional 1 cup of water, a dollop of butter, cover and cook for 5 more minutes.  After 5 minutes, turn the heat off and leave the millet sit covered for 10 minutes.

Enjoy!  You can pair millet with all kinds of dried fruits, berries, nuts, seeds or anything else you might put into an oatmeal.  It’s a bit sweet on its own and I don’t add any sugar, but you probably could if you like sweeter things and some flavor combinations work with sweeteners.

Flavor Ideas for Millet

Cinnamon & Brown Sugar

Apples & Cinnamon

Maple Syrup & Pecan

Goji Berries & Walnuts

Millet Nutrition

Not only is it gluten free and tasty, millet is also healthy.  In only 1 cup of cooked millet (174 grams), you get a whole lot of good stuff!  It’s not low calorie, which is fine with me – I don’t think breakfast is the place to go low calorie:)

207 Calories

2 Grams of Fat

41 Carbs, 2 Grams Fiber

6 Grams of Protein

Vitamins and Minerals (over 10% DV):

Thiamin, 12%

Niacin, 12%

Magnesium, 19%

Phosphorus, 17%

Zinc, 11%

Copper, 14%

Manganese, 24%


Self Nutrition Data on Millet, Taken from FDA Database


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