How to Cook Perfect Millet

| May 20, 2012 | 3 Comments

Millet – the Alkalizing Grain!

Some people think millet is a little tasteless but it doesn’t have to be!

What learned in my hippie day was to lightly toast it before cooking. This gives it a richer nutty flavor. Millet has thus become a favorite grain of mine!


1 cup millet
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 tsp. sea salt


  1. Add millet to a pot with a tight fitting lid.
  2. Dry sauté on medium heat till golden brown, stirring constantly. NOTE:  If you hear a POPPING noise, your heat is too high.
  3. Add water and sea salt.
  4. Cover with lid, bring to a boil and simmer for 25 to 35 minutes, till all the water is absorbed (millet should be dry).
  5. OR this only works on an electric stove. Cover with lid, bring to a boil and simmer for a few minutes, then turn off the heat.
  6. Leave on electric stove burner that you have been cooking on with lid on (do not peek) Leave for 30 minutes; all the water will be absorbed (millet should be dry).
  7. Eat.


Read all the health benefits of this gluten free, alkalizing grain:  Millet – alkalizing grain

Enjoy other Millet recipes:

Millet Pudding: tasty and healthy!

Millet and  Buckwheat With Sunflower Seeds  the buckwheat gives the mild millet an extra zing!

Learn More:

Millet is just ONE of the foods you will learn to use properly at my Weekend Web Alkalizing Bootcamp

About Diana Herrington

I am the Founder and Author at Real Food For Life. Have been teaching cooking classes worldwide since 1982. Create original, healthy recipes and menus, which are gluten free and white sugar free. Also, the author of the GREEN means LEAN and Balance Your Body e-books. I turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar free, gluten free eating and cooking.



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Category: Grains, Meatless Monday, Recipes

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  1. Mariam says:

    Great video! Couple of questions:

    should you wash the millet first?

    Also, I’m confused because in your video you said it took 10 mins to cook (5min to boil then 5min after that) but in your written description, you say to simmer it for 25-35min?! That’s a big difference!!

    Please help! I really want to introduce millet to my diet, but am struggling to make it taste good!!!


  2. Fatima Bida says:

    Millet pap as been my favourite breskfast with beans cake.learning ds, wow I think I just need to keep it up. Thanks mean!

  3. Jennifer Allison says:


    I tried to play this video of you cooking millet, there was a music intro and then no sound at all

    I’ve always found millet tasteless so would like to hear about your recipe

    another great grain that is tasty is quinoa

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