Savory Fermented Barley Porridge

savory fermented barley porridge

Another fermented barley recipe here!
Because the fermentation process fascinates me, at home in winter I always have something bubbling in my kitchen. Purple cabbage, napa cabbage, beets, or grains. I appreciate the sour taste and the health benefits.

It might seem a lot to think about your lunch 1-3 days in advance, but since you are flexible with the soaking time it’s not a big deal. Just soak the grains and sometimes later you can decide to use them. 2 – 3 days it’s the best time for me. I also waited 1 or 4 days and it was fine too.

savory fermented barley porridge

And the big advantage is that because you are soaking the grains for so long, the cooking process will be very quick. 5 minutes instead of 40! If you slightly blend the grains you’ll need even a shorter time. I like to do this because the blending gives a creamier result. Be careful not to blend for too long (5 seconds it’s enough) otherwise you’ll end up with a polenta. If you like it, go for it, it’s delicious too!

My favorite topping is just pepper! I actually prefer the mild taste of the basic recipe. Just to give a presentation suggestion (and a brighter color 📸) I added here in the picture some sautéed green beans. Sautéed mushrooms or spinach would be also a great choice.

Savory Fermented Barley Porridge

Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time7 minutes
Course: Breakfast, lunch
Keyword: barley, fermented
Servings: 2 people


  • Blender optional


  • 100 g pearl barley
  • 3-4 dl (soy) milk
  • salt & pepper
  • (veggies or mushrooms as a topping), spinach, green beans, mushrooms


Soaking & Fermenting

  • wash and soak the grains in about 5dl water for about 1 – 3 days. The longer the soaking time, the stronger the fermentation will be. You can change the bubbly water after the first or second day


  • Drain the grains
  • You can slightly blend the grains for a creamier result. Blend them with the milk for about 5 seconds so that they are not smashed but just a bit broken
  • Cook them together with (soy)milk and a bit of salt for about 5 minutes. After many hours of soaking this goes pretty fast!
  • Serve and add a topping of your choice. Fresh or cooked spinach, roasted green beans, stirfried mushrooms or just a sprinkle of pepper

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