Barley Porridge Recipe

A bowl of barley porridge topped with red currants.
Barley porridge

Serious Eats / Carrie Vasios

Barley is a great substitute for oatmeal in a hearty porridge. Give it flavor with brown sugar and cinnamon, then add chopped walnuts, heavy cream, or fresh fruit.

Note: To cook barley, combine 1 cup pearled barley with 3 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until barley is tender, about 40 minutes. Drain.

Recipe Facts

Cook: 20 mins
Total: 20 mins
Serves: 2 servings

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  • 2 cups cooked barley (see notes)

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 2 tablespoons chopped toasted walnuts

  • Heavy cream

  • Fresh fruit for serving


  1. Combine barley, milk, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until milk has almost been all absorbed, about 15 minutes. Divide barley between two bowls. Top with chopped walnuts, a generous drizzle of heavy cream, and chopped fresh fruit if desired.

Special equipment

medium saucepan

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
336 Calories
12g Fat
53g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 336
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 39mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 114mg 9%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 284mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)