Home » Posts » Home Cook 101 » How to Make Porridge Using Any Grain
images showing how to make porridge using any grain and any topping, one topped with frozen raspberries, middle photo of porridge cooking on stove, and last of porridge topped with yogurt and cinnamon nuts

How to Make Porridge Using Any Grain

We recommend products we would use ourselves and all opinions expressed here are our own. This post may contain affiliate links, which means we might make a small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps us keep the blog running. See our full disclosure here.

A Symphony of Grains: Crafting the Perfect Porridge

Whether you seek comfort, nutrition, or a budget-friendly breakfast, porridge is the answer. Below we will take you through the art of making porridge using any grain—a warm, delicious canvas for your culinary creativity.

Why Make Porridge for Breakfast?

Porridge = Comforting, Delicious & Versatile

First and foremost, we love porridge because it can be delicious depending on how you make and top it. There are so many different flavors that you can add to your porridge while cooking. And there are also a plethora of ways to top your porridge. Keeping the flavors and toppings different allow you to never truly tire of this porridge on a weekly or even daily basis. Of course, our kids have their favorite flavors and toppings and would probably eat the same porridge everyday. A warm breakfast is so comforting. It almost makes you slow down a step and take in your day with more mindfulness.

Porridge = Healthy & Nutritious Breakfast

Porridge is not only comforting and delicious but also a nutrition powerhouse. Mixing grains when you make porridge enhances fiber and vitamin content. Top your porridge with nuts or homemade yogurt for added nutrition. Get creative – turn it into a savory delight by adding poached or fried eggs and avocados for a well-rounded and nutritious start to your day. The beauty of porridge is that you can use any grain you like. For more information and ideas about the nutritional content of various grains, take a look at The Whole Grain Council’s grain nutrient chart as well as the rest of their site content.

Mixed Grains Porridge = Economical

Porridge using any grain is not only a treat for your taste buds but also a smart and economical choice for a wholesome breakfast. Opting for mixed grains in your porridge is not just about savoring a delicious breakfast; it’s a savvy choice for your budget. Our combination of grains offers an economical yet nutrient-dense solution. Grains, readily available and affordable, make this porridge a cost-effective powerhouse of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Being that we use a 1:1:1 ratio of three grain selections, you can choose grains that are on sale or meet your budgeting needs. So, with every spoonful, not only are you nourishing your body, but you’re also being kind to your wallet, making it a smart and budget-friendly breakfast option.

How to Make Porridge Utilizing Any Grain

Total Prep & Cook Time 30 minutes

Crafting the perfect porridge is a simple yet rewarding process. Follow these steps for a delightful bowl of goodness:

  1. Choose Your Grains – 1:1:1 grain variety ratio (3 different types of grains)

    You can use whatever combination or number of grains you like, but we like trying to adhere to 3 grains so their qualities can shine. Even one grain will work, but combinations give you texture and flavor variety. See below for grain combination suggestions.
    selected grains for porridge rinsed and ready to soak inside pyrex measuring cup

  2. Rinse/Soak Grains

    Rinse the grains under cold water. To speed up the cooking process, submerge the grains in double the amount of water and let sit overnight. We also like to add a pinch of salt.
    grains that have soaked overnight in pyrex measuring cup, water absorbed and ready to cook

  3. Add Liquid – 1:3 grain to liquid ratio

    In a large pot, combine the rinsed grains with liquid and a pinch or two of salt. You can use nut milks or milk to enhance creaminess. If using milk, we suggest having water as the main liquid component and using a smaller portion of nut milk or animal milk and adding the milk during the last 5-10 minutes of cooking. If you want to go a savory route and are using broth, then the entire liquid could be broth. Add a pinch of salt to your cooking liquid.
    grains added to pot with liquid to make porridge

  4. Cook the Grains

    Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer. Add any spices you wish to use. Cover and cook for about 20-30 minutes or until the grains are tender. Add extra liquid as needed. Be sure to stir often so that the grains do not stick/burn at the bottom of the pot. Stirring also enhances creaminess.
    grain porridge cooked with water and milk on stove top bubbling

  5. Adjust Consistency, Add More Flavor & Toppings

    Once the grains are cooked, adjust the consistency with more water or milk if needed. Stir in any additional flavors or seasonings like maple syrup, vanilla or cinnamon. Serve the porridge hot with whatever toppings you wish.

    photos showing how to make porridge using any grain and any topping; porridge topped with frozen raspberries in one image and sugar cinnamon nuts and yogurt in another

Porridge & Mixed Grains Flexibility

What makes this porridge truly special is its adaptability. Explore various grain combinations, incorporating seeds or other grains of your choice. Porridge is your canvas; use any grain to make it uniquely yours. Here are some other combinations to try:

Porridge Combinations Using Different Grains

  1. Brown Rice, Quinoa, and Barley: A trifecta of nuttiness from brown rice, a slight crunch from quinoa, and the chewy sweetness of barley creates a delightful texture and a balanced flavor profile in your morning porridge.
  2. Farro, Amaranth, and Spelt: Farro adds a chewy bite, amaranth brings a hint of nuttiness, and spelt contributes a mild sweetness, creating a harmonious blend of textures and flavors that make for a hearty and comforting porridge.
  3. Wild Rice, Teff, and Rye: The wild rice offers a distinct chewiness, teff adds a subtle nuttiness, and rye contributes a hearty depth, resulting in a porridge with layers of flavor and a delightful combination of textures.
  4. Sorghum, Bulgur, and Freekeh: The delicate pop of sorghum, the hearty bite of bulgur, and the smoky notes of freekeh create a porridge with a unique blend of textures and a rich, savory flavor that’s both satisfying and comforting.
  5. Polenta (Corn Grits), Pearl Barley, and Oats: Creamy polenta, chewy pearl barley, and the comforting familiarity of oats produce a porridge with a smooth and luscious texture, complemented by the subtle sweetness of barley and oats.
  6. White Rice, Red Quinoa, and Kamut: The fluffiness of white rice, the nutty crunch of red quinoa, and the hearty chewiness of Kamut come together for a porridge that’s both light and substantial, offering a diverse texture and a pleasant combination of flavors.

Gluten Free Porridge Grain Options

Choose any combination of the below seeds or grains for gluten-free porridge options.

  1. Quinoa: Nutty and fluffy, quinoa is a protein-rich grain that cooks quickly.
  2. Oats: Known for their creamy texture and hearty flavor. Whether you choose old-fashioned, rolled oats, or steel-cut oats, they all provide a comforting and nutritious base for porridge.
  3. Rice Varieties:
    • Brown Rice: Hearty and nutty, offering more fiber and nutrients than white rice.
    • Wild Rice: Earthy and slightly chewy, a nutritious option with a distinct flavor.
    • Red Rice: Nutty and slightly sweet, with a vibrant red color and firm texture.
    • Black/Purple Rice: Forbidden rice, also known as purple rice or black rice, is a striking and nutrient-rich variety that stands out with its deep, dark color and distinctive nutty flavor.
  4. Buckwheat: Despite its name, buckwheat is gluten-free and adds a robust, earthy flavor.
  5. Millet: Mild and slightly sweet, millet cooks up light and fluffy, making it a versatile choice.
  6. Corn Grits/Polenta: Creamy and comforting, corn grits create a smooth and satisfying porridge.
  7. Amaranth: Tiny but nutrient-dense, amaranth offers a slightly nutty flavor and a sticky texture.
  8. Teff: Nutty and earthy, teff grains are tiny but packed with nutrients and a unique texture.
  9. Sorghum: With a mild flavor and chewy texture, sorghum is a versatile gluten-free grain.
  10. Rice Flakes: Similar to oatmeal in texture, rice flakes make a quick-cooking and gluten-free alternative.
  11. Chia Seeds: When soaked, chia seeds form a gel-like texture, creating a pudding-like porridge.
  12. Flaxseeds: Ground flaxseeds can be added to porridge for a nutritional boost and subtle nutty flavor.
  13. Coconut Flour: While not a grain, coconut flour adds a tropical touch and gluten-free option to porridge.
Gluten-Free Mixed Grain Porridge Combinations
  1. Steel-Cut Oats, Millet, and Buckwheat : The creamy richness of steel-cut oats, the light fluffiness of millet, and the earthy robustness of buckwheat come together to offer a diverse and satisfying texture, complemented by a warm and comforting flavor.
  2. Quinoa, Amaranth, and Buckwheat: This gluten-free trio combines the light and fluffy texture of quinoa, the nutty undertones of amaranth, and the robust earthiness of buckwheat for a porridge that’s both hearty and wholesome, catering to various dietary preferences.

Porridge Toppers – How to Make Porridge Grains Sing

As yummy as any of the combination of mixed grains and seeds above is for porridge, topping your porridge takes it to a whole other level of delicious! Basic toppers like bananas, fresh fruit, brown sugar or maple syrup are sensible and easy additions. Try some of the below suggestions to amp up your porridge creations.

Magic of Frozen Berries

Frozen berries add a burst of flavor and nutrition. Beyond the burst of sweetness and vibrancy, they’re a year-round convenience straight from your freezer. For kids, they not only add a delightful frozen treat but also cool down the porridge swiftly, preventing any burnt tongues.

Frozen berries like raspberries add a whimsical look to your finished dish. They pair well with vanilla extract or paste added into your porridge. Frozen blueberries and strawberries are also a nice addition. Blueberries pair well with cinnamon or cardamom. You could even try frozen peaches with some cream, but you’ll want to make sure the peaches are in small chunks or they won’t defrost as fast.

Nuts & Seeds

Walnuts, pecans or almonds add a delightful crunch, while sunflower or pumpkin seeds introduce a nutty and earthy flavor. We love cinnamon sugar pecans scattered on top. For a burst of tiny crunch, consider chia seeds or flaxseeds. These additions not only amplify the texture but also bring a nutritional protein punch, turning your porridge into a hearty and satisfying meal.

Creamy Additions

A dollop of Greek yogurt imparts a rich and tangy flavor, while coconut milk brings a hint of tropical indulgence. Experiment with almond or cashew butter for a nutty undertone, or swirl in a spoonful of mascarpone for velvety smoothness. Even a drizzle of cream can turn regular porridge into a comforting bowl of decadence.

Savory Porridge Additions

Poached or fried eggs introduce a savory twist, their runny yolks mingling with the porridge for a delightful combination of flavors. A touch of hot sauce goes great with eggs and porridge. Avocado slices provide a creamy texture, while a sprinkle of feta or Parmesan cheese adds a salty kick. Salsa, beans and cheese can turn this into a breakfast power bowl. Also consider incorporating sautéed greens or roasted cherry tomatoes for a savory porridge adventure that transcends traditional boundaries.

Learn to Make Porridge Using Any Grain: Your Start to A Healthy Breakfast Journey

Simple, nourishing, and endlessly customizable, porridge is a delightful way to start your day. Embrace the warmth, savor the flavors, and make every breakfast a celebration of good health! Check out some of our other healthy breakfast recipes while you are here. And let us know if you try any of the above flavor combinations the next time you make porridge.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top
Subscription Form

Subscribe To Our Free Newsletter & Never Miss Out!

Stay in the loop with our latest recipes, tips, and exclusive offers! Simply enter your name and email below.