How to Cook Wheat Berries (No Soaking Required)

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr

Recipe found on No soak required, so no need to plan ahead!!! Worked perfectly for me. They state that you can keep the cooked wheat berries in the fridge for 2 days or you can freeze them for up to one month.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 cups wheat berries
  • 7 cups cold water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 7 teaspoons vegetable bouillon (optional)


  1. Sort through wheat berries carefully, discarding any stones.
  2. Rinse well under cool running water and place in a large heavy saucepan.
  3. Add water and salt (and veggie bouillon if using.
  4. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer gently for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  5. Drain and rinse.
  6. To serve hot, use immediately. Otherwise, let them cool and use in your favorite wheat berry salad!
Most Helpful

I made a batch of this to refrigerate for use as hot cereal. It took almost 90 minutes for the grains to become tender, yet still chewy (but if I were going to make a salad, what I perceived as toughness after 1hr might've been just fine). Since I didn't add bouillon, I did double the salt to make up some of the difference; I prefer salt in hot cereal over sugar, so it needed it. I definitely will store it in the fridge longer than 2 days, I think it should be safe for at least five. But overall, this method worked pretty well, and it yielded about a quart of high-fiber cereal that I can microwave in seconds. Thanks, January Bride!

TigerJo~ May 15, 2013