How to Cook Buckwheat Kasha

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
How to Cook Buckwheat. Did you know it's a Super Food and Gluten Free?! @natashaskitchen
Buckwheat is a superfood that you may not know about. It's definitely under-appreciated and under-utilized in the US, but everyone should know how healthy and scrumptious it is! It's also completely gluten free! It's name is a little deceiving because it's called buckwheat but there is no relation to wheat - none whatsoever! It's also just as simple to make as white rice. My son loves buckwheat with gravy on it and I love it plain with butter (pickle on the side ofcourse).
Author: Natasha of
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: Varies
Servings: 2 cups


  • 1 cup toasted buckwheat groats
  • 1 3/4 cups filtered water
  • 1-2 Tbsp butter to taste (I used unsalted butter)
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste (I used sea salt)


Stove-top Method:

  1. Rinse and drain buckwheat well.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, combine buckwheat with 1 3/4 cups water, 1 Tbsp butter and 1/2 tsp salt. Bring to a simmer then cover with a tight fitting lid and simmer on low for 18-20 min. Just like with rice, you should hear hissing while cooking and it will get quiet when done. Stir in additional 1 Tbsp butter if desired.

Rice Cooker Method:

  1. Transfer all ingredients to the rice cooker and set on the white rice setting. When done, add an extra Tbsp of butter if desired and stir in 1-2 tsp water to moisten up the kernels if they seem dry. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

Selecting & Toasting Buckwheat: I love the buckwheat at the Russian store because it usually comes pre-toasted and is golden brown in color. If the buckwheat you buy is not toasted, you can quickly toast it on a dry skillet over medium heat 4-5 min until it is golden brown in color then remove from heat and proceed with the recipe.
Nutrition Info: Buckwheat is a great source of Potassium, Fiber, Protein, Iron, Vitamin B6 and Magnesium. It is also a good source of manganese, magnesium, copper, and zinc, which are great for the immune system. Yeah it's definitely good for you.