17 Delicious Millet Recipes That Make the Best of This Ancient Grain
Millet is an ancient grain (not a bad haircut) that you may have never heard of but will soon be obsessed with. First of all, it’s naturally gluten-free. Second, it’s got a texture more akin to couscous than rice or quinoa, and it’s way more flavorful—its natural aroma and nutty flavor work well with tons of ingredients. Third, pretty much anyone can prepare it: Cook one cup of dry millet and a drizzle of olive oil (optional) over low heat for a few minutes until you can smell a slightly nutty fragrance. Add two cups of water (three if you want it creamier) and a dash of salt. Turn up the heat until the water boils and then bring it back down low to simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Hello, millet! Here are 17 of our favorite millet recipes to add to your lineup.
1. Millet Brussels Sprouts
If you love the combination of blue cheese, cranberries and walnuts in your salads, you’re going to love this healthier updated version. Crunchy Brussels sprouts, tangy cranberries, nutty millet and Parmesan cheese work together to bring you a dish full of fiber and vitamins K and C. The perfect starter to any dinner party.
2. Harissa Chickpea Stew with Eggplant and Millet
Jodi Moreno’s stew is the ideal meal for chilly weather. Plus, eggplant can be a finicky ingredient to cook with, and this dish makes it easy and delicious. The millet will soak up that harissa paste, infusing every bite with North African chili and notes of cumin, coriander and garlic.
3. Millet and Black Lentil Stuffed Delicata Squash
Just in time for Thanksgiving—or any event that requires a unique take on a squash dish—is this gorgeous stuffed delicata squash. It’s definitely a recipe jam-packed with nutritious earthy flavors, plus it’s vegan.
4. Vegetarian Stuffed Butternut Squash with Millet, Mushrooms and Kale Pesto
We love how Bojon Gourmet calls butternut squash a “vessel” for this millet, mushroom and kale pesto mash. Who would turn down a bowl of those ingredients cooked up with savory onion, thyme, goat cheese and Gruyère? And if you get to eat the bowl as you go? C’mon!
5. Millet Veggie Burgers
Where there’s a delicious grain, there’s a way to turn it into a veggie burger. Since millet has a little more flavor than, say, quinoa or rice, it tends to make for an exciting veggie burger. This recipe also calls for plenty of actual vegetables (aromatics like celery, onion, carrot and peppery arugula), so you’re getting tons of goodness in one patty.
6. Morning Grain Bowls with Millet
So you pretty much have free reign when it comes to morning grain bowls. Whatever berries, nuts or toppings you want are fair game. What we love about these options are the creative combinations of pumpkin and maple syrup; coconut and goji berries; and banana with tahini. Good morning, indeed!
7. Roasted Cauliflower and Artichoke Millet Grain Bowl
Grain bowls in the mornin’, grain bowls in the evenin’, grain bowls at suppertime! You can literally have grain bowls anytime, but don’t let your taste buds get bored. Try this roasted veggie version with artichokes and lemon zest. Lots of fun flavors mingling here.
8. Bright and Bold Millet Tabbouleh
This new take on tabbouleh adds a little more oomph, meaning there’s more fiber, more protein and more manganese (and anti-inflammatory that regulates metabolism) thanks to the millet. This is a great lunch option or side dish. Plus, as the millet cooks, you have time to prep the rest of the ingredients, then you just toss it all together. So. Easy.
9. KUNG PAO CHICKPEA STIR-FRY OVER SESAME-FRIED MILLET
Remember that millet soaks up all the other flavors you toss it into when you’re preparing this brightly colored, well-spiced meal. We’re talking tamari, roasted sesame, garlic, almond butter and maple syrup, not to mention red chilis. This is an explosion of flavor and texture in your mouth. Plus, it’s a great way to ingest tons of healthy veggies.
10. Garlic Lemon Millet and Beet Salad
Salads garnished with millet are just brilliant in our humble opinion. The ancient grain amps up a meal with extra nutrients that are filling yet energizing. A salad combining millet with earthy beets, peppery arugula and crisp lemon is just the kind we can get behind—though, actually, we’ll be first in line for this one.
11. Millet and Greens Salad
Another take on the millet salad, this time with asparagus, Dijon, cherries and basil. Honestly, what can’t you do with this grain? Asparagus adds an earthy or grassy flavor to the mix (depending on how you cook it) and is rich in vitamins A, C, E and K.
12. Cauliflower Steaks with Caramelized Fennel and Harissa Millet
The millet in this recipe is specifically cooked with harissa, which means the grains will be totally infused with that roasted chili-cumin-coriander essence for a multidimensional flavor experience. Mixed with the anise-flavored fennel, you’ve practically perfected a gourmet meal.
13. SPRINGTIME STIR-FRIED MILLET
This veggie stir-fry yields bold flavors of ginger and tamari, not to mention toasted sesame and peanut oils. Millet as a base is so versatile (if you hadn’t figured that out already) and can really stretch itself to work with different profiles and sauces. Again, you can use your own favorite veggies, but this recipe calls for carrots and asparagus (plus eggs!).
14. Sweet Potato and Millet Falafel
Yes, you can make homemade falafel! Yes, you can make it with millet! Yes, you can do it in under an hour!
15. Millet, Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprout and Cranberry Stuffing
This one takes a slightly different direction since it calls for millet bread, rather than the grain alone. But this is an awesome stuffing recipe for hearty holiday meals with vegan or gluten-free guests! The creamy butternut squash and cranberries scream autumn flavors, while the millet bread adds a nuttiness you won’t be able to resist.
16. KALE CAESAR SALAD WITH MILLET CROUTONS
Hear us out: If you make a ton of these millet croutons, you’ll have enough to add to your kale Caesar and toss into the stuffing recipe above (just an idea). If nothing else, homemade croutons are a great way to show your guests (or prove to yourself) that you really are a genius in the kitchen.
17. Summer Millet Salad
With Havarti cheese, cherry tomatoes, scallions, ample lemon juice and zest, and parsley, it’s the refreshing starter to any dinner party. The chef behind this recipe, Erin McDowell, recommends serving it with a bottle of rosé. We will happily take her note.