Wheat groats are nutritious and healthy. They are a perfect source of energy. Moreover, if you cook the groats properly, you get a tasty and flavorful wheat porridge to serve for breakfast or any other meal.

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You can cook it with water making it a perfect option as a side dish to a meat dish of your choice. You can cook it for breakfast by using milk instead of water and adding some sweetener with your favorite fruits, berries, and nuts topping.

There is a very simple way to explain what wheat groats are. To make wheat groats, you take wheat grain, get rid of all the germ and bran, finely crush and polish it in the end. As a result, you get perfect groats that have a positive effect on the state of your skin, nails, and hair. Groats have a positive impact on the functioning of the digestive system, and they help to lower the level of cholesterol in the blood. This is because wheat groats are rich not only in essential vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and fiber but also in biotin, carotene, and choline.

In the article, you will learn:

  • How long do you boil wheat groats?
  • What is the ratio of wheat groats to water?
  • How to boil wheat groats porridge on the stove?
  • How to make wheat groats porridge with milk?
  • How to cook wheat groats in a rice cooker?

So, let’s see step-by-step how you can cook perfect wheat groats porridge using different technics and kitchen utensils.

How long do you cook wheat groats?

How long do you boil wheat groats

Many factors contribute to the duration of any groats or grains cooking process. We already have the first qualifier – the type of groats. Now, we have to determine in which liquid we are cooking (milk or water) and which cooking method we are using (boiling on the stove, using a cooker). Here is the list of how long time you spend cooking wheat groats in the most common recipes:

  • How long to boil wheat groats on the stove? You need to cook wheat groats in the pot on the stove for 20 minutes. Start timing after you add wheat groats to water and water reboils on the stove.
  • How long do you cook wheat groats with milk on the stove? You will spend 30-40 minutes cooking wheat groats porridge with milk. I have a separate recipe in this article; just keep reading.
  • How long do you cook wheat groats in rice cooker? Using mode “Porridge”, you will spend 30 minutes cooking wheat groats.

Moreover, you should be very careful with the timing as the type of pot and stove also have an impact on your cooking process. Just be careful and watch groats cooking on the stove if it is your first time and you are not confident enough in your cooking skills.

What is the ratio of wheat groats to water?

At this stage, we will determine how much liquid you should use to get wheat groats porridge to the consistency you need:

  • Use 2 cups of water for 1 cup of wheat groats to get fluffy porridge (with 30 minutes cooking process).
  • To get sticky (somewhat gluey) porridge, you need to use 1 cup of wheat groats with 2.5 cups of water and cook porridge for 25 minutes.
  • For a runny (gruel) porridge, use 3 cups of water to 1 cup of wheat groats (for 30 min. cooking).

What is the weight yield of wheat groats when boiled?

The amount of wheat groats increases 4 times. 1 cup of wheat groats = 4 cups of cooked wheat groats.

One more note, if the water in the pot has cooked off, but the porridge is not in the consistency you want, simply add more water. Just make sure to add previously boiled water to the pot and in a small volume.

Wheat Groats Recipe: How to cook wheat groats porridge on the stove

How to boil wheat groats in the pot

If you want to print the recipe, simply scroll down a bit further.

Boiling wheat groats on the stove is the most obvious way you can cook any type of grain or groats. Nevertheless, it does not make it less convenient. I highly recommend you master the techniques of boiling groats on the stove, as you will have a nutritious garnish following several easy steps.

I won’t lie that if you are boiling wheat groats for the first time, then this may seem like a daunting task. Make sure to follow all the steps of the recipe, and practice is your best friend:

Ingredients for the recipe:

  • 1-cup wheat groats/grits;
  • 2-cups water;
  • 50 g unsalted butter;
  • ½ tsp. salt.

Ingredients for wheat groats porridge

  • As with almost every grain recipe, we will start with rinsing wheat groats under running water or washing them by covering the groats with cold water in a deep bowl and then draining it several times. We do this to prevent groats from sticking at the end of boiling.

Rinse wheat groats in cold water

  • Pour the necessary amount of water into the pot and put it on high heat. Wait until the water boils and season with salt.

Boil water on the stove add salt

  • Add rinsed wheat groats to the boiling water.

Add rinsed wheat groats

  • Stir groats from time to time while you wait for the water to boil. Get rid of all the foam that forms in the process.

Let water boil on the high heat get rid of the foam

  • When water with groats reboils, lower the heat and cook porridge for 20 minutes. To ensure that your porridge cooks through evenly and does not burn, stir wheat groats every 5 minutes or so.

Let porridge simmer on the low heat for 20 minutes

  • When all water cooks off, and you know that groats are cooked through, add butter, cover the pot with a lid, and set it aside to rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Add butter before serving

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Wheat grits porridge recipe

What do you serve with wheat groats? Wheat groats porridge is a perfect garnish; thanks to its taste, it goes with any type of salad, meat, and fish. My top choices for salads are:

As for the accompanying meat/fish dishes, I look for a juicy savory gravy that comes along:

Wheat Groats Porridge Recipe

Learn how to cook porridge with wheat groats on the stove!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: International
Keyword: breakfast recipe, healthy porridge recipe, how lomg to boil wheat groats, how to cook groats, how to cook wheat groats, wheat groats recipe
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 105kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup wheat groats
  • 2 cups water
  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp. salt

Instructions

  • As with almost every grain recipe, we will start with rinsing wheat groats under running water or washing them by covering the groats with cold water in a deep bowl and then draining it several times. We do this to prevent groats from sticking at the end of boiling.
  • Pour the necessary amount of water into the pot and put it on high heat. Wait until the water boils and season with salt.
  • Add rinsed wheat groats to the boiling water.
  • Stir groats from time to time while you wait for the water to boil. Get rid of all the foam that forms in the process.
  • When water with groats reboils, lower the heat and cook porridge for 20 minutes. To ensure that your porridge cooks through evenly and does not burn, stir wheat groats every 5 minutes or so.
  • When all water cooks off, and you know that groats are cooked through, add butter, cover the pot with a lid, and set it aside to rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.

How to make wheat groats porridge with milk?

If you have never eaten porridge with milk for breakfast, that is a shame. Now, it would be the best time to start this tradition as wheat groats are a perfect ingredient for this meal. It goes perfectly well both in sour and sweet recipes. Here is an easy recipe that resembles the previous one, but with some minor changes:

Wheat Groats Porridge for Breakfast with Milk

Learn how to cook delicious creamy porridge for breakfast with wheat groats!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: International
Keyword: easy breakfast recipes, how to cook porridge, kids breakfast ideas, wheat groats with milk
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 130kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup wheat groats
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups milk of your choice
  • 50 g. butter
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1-2 tbsps sugar or any other sweetener

Instructions

  • Rinse groats under running water and get rid of all the debris.
  • Put a pot with water on the stove and let it boil.
  • While water is boiling, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the skillet on medium/high heat and add rinsed groats. Sauté wheat groats for a minute or two until a light nutty flavor appears.
  • When water boils, add sautéed in butter wheat groats; season water with salt and add sugar.
  • When the water with groats boils, get rid of all the foam if there is any. Lower the heat so that water gets to constant simmering and cook porridge for 15-20 minutes until the water fully cooks off.
  • Pour milk into the pot with boiled groats, and thoroughly mix until ingredients fully combine. Since the groats are already cooked, our task now is to get the porridge of the consistency you want. After milk boils in the pot, I tend to cook porridge for 10 more additional minutes, of course constantly stirring (as I do not want to get burned porridge).
  • When you think that it is enough for boiling porridge in milk, turn off the stove, cover the pot with a lid, and set it aside. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Notes

*per 100 g

And here you have, a delicious milky porridge for breakfast. Add your favorite chopped fresh fruits and berries, some crushed nuts, and enjoy! Besides, while the porridge is resting, it continues to incorporate milk and becomes thicker. So make your decisions, keeping this fact in mind.

How to cook wheat groats in a rice cooker?

How to cook wheat groats in rice cooker

The easiest way to cook wheat groats is to use a rice cooker for the recipe. Well, not only a rice cooker but also a multi-cooker that has a mode for cooking grains will be a perfect option.

The ingredients are 1-cup wheat groats, 2-cups water, 1/3 tsp. salt and 1 tbsp. butter.

  • Rinse wheat groats before cooking.
  • Place rinsed groats in a cooker cup and pour water inside.
  • Cover the lead, choose a necessary mode (“Porridge” or “Groats”, depending on the model you have). Set the timer for 30-35 minutes and press start.
  • After the time ends, add butter to the wheat groats and cover the lid again. Now use mode “Warm” for an additional 10 minutes. Enjoy your meal!

The best advantage that you get when you cook wheat groats this way is that you are free while the cooker is working. And you can make other dishes for your meal at the same time.

In this post, I shared with you three different methods on how to cook groats. Each one of the methods has its peculiarities and its recipe to follow. I hope that the given information was comprehensible and easy to repeat at home. If you still have any questions left, I will be ready to answer and help to understand.

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