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How To Cook Buckwheat

A delicious grain with an earthy and nutty flavor, learn how to cook buckwheat in this simple-to-follow tutorial. This gluten-free grain can be used as a side dish, or any place you would use rice or quinoa!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Rest Covered10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Russian, Ukranian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 6
Calories: 114kcal
Author: Anjali Shah


  • 1 cup buckwheat groats toasted
  • cups water filtered
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp salt


Stovetop Directions

  • Rinse buckwheat groats under cool water in a mesh strainer until the water runs clear. Be sure the water has drained.
  • In a medium saucepan bring water to a boil over high heat. Add butter.
  • Slowly add the rinsed buckwheat. Stir to combine. Cover the saucepan with a lid and reduce the heat to a simmer.
  • Cook the buckwheat for about 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat. Allow the buckwheat to sit covered for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Remove the lid, fluff with a fork, and serve.

Rice Cooker Directions

  • Rinse the buckwheat groats under cool water in a mesh strainer until the water runs clear. Drain well.
  • Transfer the buckwheat groats, water, butter, and salt to the rice cooker. Place on the white rice setting.
  • When finished add an additional tablespoon of butter if desired, and an additional tablespoon of water to help moisten the groats.
  • Fluff with a fork and serve.

Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Directions

  • Add water, buckwheat, salt, and butter to the pressure cooker. Close the lid, and turn the valve to sealing. Press the "pressure cook" or "manual" button. Set the time to 5 minutes.
  • Natural release for 20 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure.
  • Fluff with a fork and serve.




Tips for Cooking Buckwheat Groats
  • If you are using a non-stick pan it could take up to 3 minutes longer for the buckwheat to cook.
  • You should hear a hissing sound when the buckwheat is cooking. When it stops hissing that means it is done and ready to remove from the heat.
  • When selecting a buckwheat groat look for one that is already toasted. The toasted flavor gives the buckwheat a richer flavor profile and saves you the step of toasting it yourself.
  • If you cannot find buckwheat that is already toasted, you can easily toast your own by placing the buckwheat groats on an ungreased baking sheet at 350 degrees F for about 5 minutes.
  • Keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 197mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g