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Cooked Freekeh in a bowl

Freekeh: What is it and how to cook it?

  • Author: Wafa Shami
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Vegan
  • Method: stove
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern
  • Diet: Low Fat


Here is everything you need to know about freekeh, how it’s cooked, its health benefits, and what to serve it with.

Freekeh is a super grain and what distinguishes it from other grains is its delicious nutty, smoky flavor, and its chewy texture like barley. This nutritious ancient whole grain is derived from the Levantine and North African cuisine and has been part of the Mediterranean diet for centuries! And if you’re looking for something healthier to replace rice, freekeh can be a great option.

Freekeh is easy to cook on the stovetop, and it can be used similarly to other grains, whether as a side dish or add to soup or salad.



Units Scale
  • 1 cup dried freekeh
  • 1 cup boiled water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • tap water for soaking freekeh


  1. Place freekeh on a tray and clean from any debris.
  2. Soak freekeh in water for up to 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse freekeh from water, and in a saucepan warm olive oil, add freekeh and sauté for 1 minute.
  4. Add boiled water to freekeh, once boiling, cover and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Serve as a side dish or use in salad.


Freekeh is a great grain to use with so many variant dishes, such as salads, soups, and entrée, and it can be easily replaced in recipes that include pasta, quinoa, or rice. Freekeh tastes well once paired with yogurt.

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