How to cook buckwheat groats (easiest way)

Would you like to learn how to cook buckwheat groats? Then you came to the right place. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to cook buckwheat on the stove, in a rice cooker, and in a pressure cooker.

how to cook buckwheat

I am very happy to see that buckwheat has become more and more popular over the years. I grew up having buckwheat at least once a week and could not imagine my life without an occasional delicious buckwheat kasha for breakfast. Especially in winter, it is so nice and comforting.

Buckwheat is gluten-free

Please don’t be fooled by the word wheat in it. Buckwheat is not a true grain and contains no gluten. It is a so-called pseudo grain and can be safely eaten by people with gluten-related disorders, such as celiac disease and non-celiac gluten intolerance. So, yes buckwheat is perfect for a gluten-free diet.

Cooking methods

So, how do you cook buckwheat? There are so many different methods to cook buckwheat: in a saucepan, in a pressure cooker, rice cooker, microwave, oven, and even a no-cook method – soaking. In this post, I will show you how to cook fluffy buckwheat on the stove and will include quick instructions on how to cook it in a pressure cooker and in a rice cooker. You will see it is very easy.

Roasted or not roasted

There are two main types of buckwheat on the market. Roasted and raw. The buckwheat that comes from Eastern European countries is always roasted and has a slightly earthy, nutty flavor, the taste I am most used to.

Here in Australia, you can buy buckwheat from whole food stores and it is usually raw, so-called green buckwheat. It is plainer in taste.

This recipe will work with both of these types.

Ingredients:

The ingredients list is short 😊

  • Buckwheat
  • Butter, you can use vegan butter if you prefer (optional)
  • Salt

Yes, only three simple ingredients. Oh, I forgot, you will need some cold water too 🙂

How to cook buckwheat

This recipe is very easy, but you will need to follow these simple steps so you don’t end up with mushy buckwheat. Let’s start with my favorite way of cooking the buckwheat:

Absorption method

  • First and foremost, you need to wash the buckwheat. I use a mesh colander and wash the buckwheat under running cold water until the water is clear.
how to wash buckwheat under running water
  • Now we need to dry buckwheat and we will do it in a frying pan. Add washed and drained buckwheat groats into a hot frying pan and heat it through until the buckwheat is dry and aromatic.
how to roast buckwheat
  • Add 1 cup of buckwheat groats, rinsed and toasted, into a saucepan and add 2 cups of water. Use a measuring cup to make sure your water-buckwheat ratio is correct.
how to cook buckwheat groats
  • Bring water to a boil on medium heat and then immediately lower it down. Cover with a lid and let it cook for 15 minutes on low heat. Do not open the lid and do not stir it. After 15 minutes, take the saucepan off the heat and let the buckwheat sweat for 5 minutes, do not open the lid.
  • After 5 minutes, add a tbsp of butter and close the lid again. Let the buckwheat rest for another 10 minutes. (THIS STEP IS OPTIONAL)
buckwheat with butter
  • Now you can open the lid and fluff the buckwheat up using a fork. It is ready to be enjoyed!
ready to eat fluffy buckwheat

In a rice cooker (the easiest way)

This is probably the easiest way to cook buckwheat. If you cook your rice in a rice cooker, it is all you need to know. Buckwheat is cooked just like your ordinary white rice.

Start with steps 1 to 3 from the absorption method.

4. Transfer buckwheat into a rice cooker, and add tbsp of unsalted butter and water. Ration 1 cup of buckwheat to 2 cups of water.

5. Turn on the rice cooker. Once the program has finished, let buckwheat sweat for another 10 minutes. Done.

In a pressure cooker

I like my pressure cooker because the cooking time is always less than in the absorption method.

1-3. See the steps above.

4. Transfer rinsed, toasted buckwheat into the pressure cooker along with water.

5. Choose the RICE program. Once the program has finished, do not open buckwheat for another ten minutes. After 5 minutes buckwheat is ready to be served.

plate with cooked buckwheat
How to cook buckwheat

Water buckwheat ratio

For all the methods above the water to buckwheat ratio is 1 cup of raw buckwheat groats to 2 cups of water.

How to store

If you have any leftover buckwheat, let it cool completely. Put it in an air-tight container and refrigerate for up to 3-4 days.

Reheat

Transfer cooked buckwheat into a small saucepan, add 2 tbsp of water, cover with a lid, and heat it up for 5 minutes on low heat.

Where to buy it?

Now that we spoke about how to cook it, let’s see where you can find it. It used to be hard to find buckwheat, but nowadays, you can buy green buckwheat in whole food and might find it on the health food shelves in your local grocery stores. You can even buy Bob’s Red Mill Organic buckwheat online.

To buy toasted buckwheat groats you will have to look for an Eastern European food store. Sometimes you might find buckwheat in Asian grocery stores too.

How to serve it?

Buckwheat is very versatile and can be enjoyed in various numbers of ways. Of course, you can have it on its own for breakfast, adding a splash of milk, a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup, and some fresh berries and nuts. But buckwheat makes an excellent side dish too and can be used just as you would use any other grains, such as rice or quinoa.

Do I have to add butter?

If you don’t like butter, feel free to leave it out, but I would say that a little bit of butter makes the buckwheat even better.

Why is my buckwheat mushy?

Your buckwheat water ratio is wrong. You added the wrong amount of water. Follow the recipe to the dot for the perfect fluffy buckwheat

Quick tip

Now that we have spoken about buckwheat groats for a while, let me ask you? Have you heard about buckwheat flour? If you haven’t, it is time to start using it in your cooking. Buckwheat flour is an excellent substitute for wheat flour. It has been used in Eastern European countries for centuries and the Japanese enjoy soba noodles which are made, you guessed it, from buckwheat flour.

How to cook buckwheat Recipe

how to cook buckwheat

How to cook buckwheat groats (easiest way)

Elena Elliott
A bowl of warm and fluffy buckwheat, full of nutty, earthy flavors? Yes, please!
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Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine European
Servings 4 serves

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup of buckwheat rinsed and toasted in a frying pan
  • 1 tbsp of butter salted or unsalted. You can use vegan butter if you prefer
  • 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • 2 cups of cold water

Instructions
 

  • Wash the buckwheat. in a mesh colander under running cold water until the water is clear.
  • Transfer the buckwheat groats into a hot frying pan and heat it through until the buckwheat is dry and aromatic.
  • Add 1 cup of buckwheat groats into a saucepan and add 2 cups of cold water. Use a measuring cup to make sure your water-buckwheat ratio is correct.
  • Bring water to a boil on medium heat and then immediately lower it down. Cover with a lid and let it cook for 15 minutes on low heat. Do not open the lid and do not stir it.
  • After 15 minutes, take the saucepan off the heat and let the buckwheat sweat for 5 minutes, do not open the lid.
  • After 5 minutes, add a tbsp of butter and close the lid again. Do not stir it. Let the buckwheat rest for another 10 minutes.
  • Now you can open the lid and fluff the buckwheat up using a fork. It is ready to be enjoyed!

Notes

In a rice cooker (the easiest way)

Buckwheat is cooked just like your ordinary white rice.
  • Start with steps 1 to 3 from the absorption method.
  • 4. Transfer buckwheat into a rice cooker, 1 tbsp of unsalted butter, and water. 
  • 5. Turn on the rice cooker. Once the program has finished, let buckwheat sweat for another 10 minutes. Done.

In a pressure cooker

  • 1-3. See the steps above.
  • 4. Transfer rinsed, toasted buckwheat into the pressure cooker along with water.
  • 5. Choose the RICE program. Once the program has finished, do not open buckwheat for another ten minutes. After 5 minutes buckwheat is ready to be served.

Water buckwheat ratio

For all the methods above the water to buckwheat ratio is 1 cup of raw buckwheat groats to 2 cups of water.
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5 Comments

  1. I only recently discovered buckwheat and absolutely love it. I cooked it according to your recipe and it turned out perfect, light and fluffy. Thank you!

  2. I cooked buckwheat according to your instructions and it turned out absolutely perfect. Fluffy!!

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