Amaranth (Basic Recipe)

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Roosie

"A dietary staple of the Aztec empire, this ancient crop was 'lost' for hundreds of years, and only since the Sixties, following its rediscovery, has it been grown in the U.S. Amaranth, which has a pronounced earthy sweetness, is not a true grain, which is a nutritional plus: Unlike wheat or barley, amaranth is not deficient in the essential amino acid lysine. These tiny seeds of a weed-like plant are also a very rich source of iron, and supply copper and magnesium. And amaranth is well supplied with dietary fiber." Info from; recipe from "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone" by Deborah Madison.

Top Review by carol_hawk

Yummy! This is the first time I've had amaranth. Thanks for putting the cooking instructions on here. I made it just as you said and now I want to try adding some different things next time. Cardamom, cinnamon,raisins, dates and use it as a breakfast cereal. Thanks again.


  1. Combine water, the amaranth, and a pinch of salt in a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 25 minutes or until all the water is abosorbed.
  3. Serve like rice.

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