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Stovetop Amaranth

Amaranth Recipe Image
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 30 to 35 minutes
Makes: about 2 1/2 cups
Nutrition Facts: View label


  • 1 cup amaranth
  • 2 to 3 cups water (see Notes)


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add amaranth.
  3. Reduce heat to low, cover pan and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes or until it reaches the texture you like when fluffed with a fork or stirred with a spoon.
  4. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.



  • Use less water and cooking time for grains that will be more separate. Use more water and cooking time for a creamy cereal.
  • For a hearty breakfast cereal, top with any type of milk, fruit, nuts or seeds.
  • For savory amaranth, add herbs such as rosemary or thyme, nuts or seeds and serve with sautéed vegetables.
  • Try adding to other grains: cook 1/4 cup amaranth with 3/4 cup whole grain such as oats or rice. Follow cooking directions for other grain.
  • You can pop amaranth! Heat a dry skillet or saucepan over medium high until it is hot. Add 1 or 2 Tablespoons of amaranth seeds and shake or stir until the seeds pop but do not burn. Sprinkle on any dish for an added crunch and whole-grain goodness.

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