How to Cook Lentils
The lowly lentil is a pantry staple and a real star on the health front; knowing how to cook lentils will make your soups, salads, and side dishes all the more healthy and delicious. And they cook in just 20 minutes!
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
- 1 cup lentils
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste, optional
- 3 cups water
Rinse lentils in cold tap water to remove any dust or debris.
Add lentils and water to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Do not salt lentils until they're finished cooking.
Drain well. Season to taste with salt and pepper if desired.
Lentils do not need soaking, unlike other legumes.
1 cup dried lentils yields approximately 2 1/2 cups lentils, cooked.