How to Cook Ancient Grains

This easy, one-pot recipe for How To Cook Ancient Grains makes getting your vitamins, fiber, and protein easy! I use this as my base recipe to whip up fast meals like Natalie's Ancient Grain Salad , Ancient Grain and Fresh Raspberry Pancakes, and Cheesy Grits with Ancient Grains.

bowl of cooked ancient grains

What Grains are considered Ancient Grains

A grain is considered an ancient grain if it has not been genetically modified, bred, or changed since it was first discovered. Often, they have not been changed in several hundreds of years. There are, essentially, 3 different categories:

Why Ancient Grains are Better

Modern Grains are often processed, meaning that they are often stripped of their outer husks (or bran). That bran is a crucial part of the grain that holds important nutrients. Ancient Grains, by definition, have been grown in the same way for hundreds of years. They contain more vitamins, fiber, and protein. So all of the things that our bodies need to fight off things like diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease are in these grains.

How to Cook Ancient Grains

Grains cook with different ratios of water and time. However, this simple recipe for ancient grains can be cooked in one pot and it provides 3 different grain textures, flavors, and nutrients.

a plate of labeled grains
Measure out the millet, quinoa, and teff according to the recipe.
millet cooking in a pot
Next, bring the water and salt to a boil. Add millet and set timer for 12 minutes
3 grains cooking in a pot
When timer goes off, add the quinoa and teff. Stir, then set the timer for 8 more minutes
cooked ancient grains
Turn off the heat and place a lid on the pot. Let rest for 10 minutes.
fluffing grains with a fork
Remove lid and fluff with fork


plate of cooked ancient grains

How to Cook Ancient Grains

Ancient Grains contain high quantities of vitamins, fiber, and protein- all the things that our bodies need to fight off things like diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease. This recipe is fast, easy, and can be made in one pot.  Use the cooked grains as a base for adding into your diet.  
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Recipes- Grains
Servings 5 cups



  • Place the water and salt in a medium sized pot and bring to a boil over high heat
  • Turn down the heat slightly to medium and add the millet.  Set a timer for 12 minutes
  • When timer goes off, add the quinoa and teff.  Stir and set the timer for 8 minutes.
  • When timer goes off again, turn off heat, stir, and cover.  Let sit 10 minutes.
  • Remove lid and fluff with fork.  Grains can be eaten right away, or chilled and saved for later.  Grains can be eaten hot or cold
Keyword Ancient Grains, gluten free, Grains, healthy, vegan, vegan recipes, vegetarian
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