Tuesday, 22 October 2013 22:03

Easy and tasty ideas for cooking buckwheat

Buckwheat is a funny one – it’s called wheat but it’s really a seed, related to sorrel and rhubarb and thus a perfect ingredient for gluten-free cooking. It is also a good source of dietary Fiber, Magnesium, Copper and Manganese.

When I lived in Russia, I fell in love with its name at first – its Russian name – Gretschka – it even sounds tasty! Now that I have discovered photography I am also in love with its dome shape and reddish/golden brown or yellowish/green color.

Cooking buckwheat is easy – it is cooked like rice with double the amount of water and makes a great side dish. It has a lovely nutty taste and has already been served at a Russian meal at Mary’s Dinner Club. In Russia it is also served as a main dish cooked with dried mushrooms and onions and widely used for porridge.

Instructions for cooking buckwheat 

Ideas for cooking buckwheat

  • In risottos simmered in broth
  • In salads with fresh herbs, other vegetables, dried fruit
  • With roasted vegetables, cheese and nuts
  • In soups (especially healthy and hearty with beans)
  • In stews with vegetables and/or meat
  • In casseroles (especially healthy with chard or spinach)
  • With broccoli or zucchini topped with cheese

cooking buckwheat

Cooking buckwheat – quick & savory vegetable patties


  • 1 cup buckwheat
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons flour (buckwheat or regular)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce, salt, pepper
  • 3 tablespoon oil


  • Boil buckwheat until all water is absorbed (about 8 minutes so buckwheat is not fully cooked yet)
  • Mix with flour, onion and garlic, soy sauce and spices
  • Form into patties with wet hands
  • Fry 5-8 minutes on each side (makes 5 patties)
  • Enjoy with a fresh salad and yogurt sauce

If you too are now in love with buckwheat and want to start cooking buckwheat more often, you may want to get Buckwheat Greats for many more recipe ideas.

Mary Anglberger

I’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years teaching English and am now taking time to follow my passion for photography and writing. I want to share all the things, events and people that have inspired and inspire me and spread those positive vibes all around.

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