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How to cook buckwheat groats

TOTAL TIME: 25 min
PREP TIME: 5 min

Learn how to cook buckwheat, and serve up a delicious bowl of buckwheat kasha. Serve your buckwheat up in a salad, soup, or even as porridge.


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What is Special About This Recipe?

  • You can serve up your buckwheat kasha cold or warm.
  • Buckwheat groats and water are all you need. Then dress up your buckwheat with your favorite toppings.
  • In around 30 minutes, you are ready to plate and serve.
  • The perfect recipe to make as part of the meal prep and use throughout the week. You can eat buckwheat in soups, add to salads, or even pair with fruit and nuts for a breakfast bowl.

Key Ingredients

Buckwheat Groats. It is important to buy from a good source to really appreciate this wonderful superfood. This is my favorite brand. The good quality groats should be evenly sized, clean looking, each groat looking whole, not crushed. When cooking good quality groats, the water should stay clear.

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Recipe Tips

If you are new to making buckwheat at home, let me share some tips to help set you up for success. The process is easy, and you will love the result.

  • Once boiling for a couple of minutes, turn the heat off and let it sit covered for 20 minutes. The groats will soak the water up as you allow it to sit. For best texture, don’t stir the groats after the heat is off.
  • You can make your groats sweet or savory. Feel free to season as you would like.
  • Add a little butter or salt for added flavor to the buckwheat kasha.
  • If served as porridge, the healthier toppings options could be dry or frozen fruit, butter, nuts, hemp seeds, almond milk, coconut sugar.

white bowl with buckwheat porridge

Recipe FAQs

What is buckwheat groat? Buckwheat is a nutty and flavorful gluten-free seed. Buckwheat groats are very popular in Eastern Europe, especially in Russia and Ukraine. This low-glycemic seed is packed with nutrients and has impressive health benefits. Buckwheat groats could be used in many sweet or savory recipes instead of grains.

What does buckwheat taste like? Buckwheat has a stand-out flavor. It offers a nutty and earthy flavor. You will find how you cook and serve your buckwheat will alter the flavor of the dish.

Do you serve buckwheat groat cold or hot? You can actually serve your dish cold or hot. For breakfast, I enjoy serving it warm like a porridge. Then if I have extra on hand, I might toss some cold into my salad for lunch.

How to know buckwheat is cooked? Buckwheat kasha will be tender when cooked. The water will absorb out of the pan, so make sure to be patient. It takes around 30 minutes.

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Use buckwheat instead of granola in these jars with yogurt.


white bowl with buckwheat porridge

How To Cook Buckwheat

Natalia-Flavorful Home
Learn how to cook buckwheat, and serve up a delicious bowl of buckwheat kasha. Serve your buckwheat up in a salad, soup, or even as porridge.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Eastern European
Servings 8
Calories 146 kcal


  • 2 cups buckwheat groats
  • 4 cups water


  • Rinse two cups of buckwheat groats really well.
    colander with buckwheat
  • In a large pot, combine two cups of buckwheat with four cups of cold water. On medium heat slowly bring to boil.
    dutch oven filled row buckwheat and water
  • Skim off the foam once.
  • Once boiling, turn off the heat, cover with a lid and leave covered for 30 minutes utill all water absorbs.
    cooked buckwheat groats inside the pot
  • Serve cold or warm.


Calories: 146kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 6gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 196mgFiber: 4gCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg
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