How to Cook Millet

cooked millet
Photo: Bryan Gardner
Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
3 cups

A naturally gluten-free grain, millet has a mild, corn-like flavor that's super versatile in the kitchen. Learn the best way to steam it, then use as a base for all kinds of sweet and savory dishes, such as our Crispy Grain Salad with Peas and Mint.


  • 1 cup millet

  • Pinch of kosher salt

  • Extra-virgin olive oil (optional)


  1. Combine millet, 2 cups water, salt, and a drizzle of oil in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook until tender, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Use immediately, or spread on a rimmed baking sheet to let cool.

Cook's Notes

Adding a bit of olive oil helps the grains stay separate.

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