Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Simple Fried Millet

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Millet. I had no idea what it was until Bob sent me some to sample.

You know, Bob… of Bob’s Red Mill.

Yeah, we’re on a first-name basis now and he likes to send me samples from time to time. Boy, am I glad he does because honestly, I would have never given millet a second look. I mean, what IS it?

Millet in bag

Well, according to The Kitchn:

Millet is a woefully overlooked grain, mildly sweet and nutty and so versatile it can be used in everything from pilafs to cookies. It has a soothing, comforting quality that makes it ideal for fall and winter meals.

After making some for dinner I concur! This stuff is great!

uncooked millet

Not really knowing what to do with it, I decided to cook up a batch and treat it sort of like rice even though it reminded me more of couscous.

millet grains

I used the basic 1-2 ratio on the bag and my first batch came out perfect!

cooked millet

At least I thought so. It was fluffy and light. Not soggy or overcooked.

I tried a bit and pulled out a few things to make a simple “Fried Millet.”

The family didn’t seem that turned off. The 2-year-old thought it was rice so I went with that. The 8-year-old didn’t like the “bits” in it — aka the vegetables, but he ate some. And the Husband… well The Husband asked for seconds. Seconds! Yea, I couldn’t believe it either. Who would have thunk it — My soda-drinking, fast-food eating husband is a fan of millet!

Simple fried MilletHA! The thought of it makes me laugh.

Here’s what I did. Maybe you can re-create a similar millet experience in your house…

  • 1/2 cup uncooked millet (110g)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (olive oil would also work)
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • 1 medium sized carrot, diced
  • About 1 cup raw kale finely chopped (50g)

Bring 1 cup water to a boil. Add the millet. Bring back up to a boil, then cover, lower to a simmer. Continue to cook for about 20 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed.

Once the millet is done, heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots and a pinch of salt and cook for a few minutes until the onion starts to become translucent and the carrots caramelize a touch.

Add the kale to the skillet and cook down for a minute or 2.

kale cooking for fried millet

Add the cooked millet.

Stir in, combining all the flavors and cook for another minute, then turn off the heat.

fried millet in skillet

Note: Sorry for the bad photos. I ran out of daylight. 

That’s it!

I served mine with some pan-fried tilapia and roasted broccoli.

Simple fried Millet dinner

It was a great meal! I can honestly say I will be making millet again. I may even experiment with it in some baked goods.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
4 ~3/4 cup
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
155 2g 4g old: 2.5 new: 4
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
5g 1g 30g 5g

Full Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post but Bob’s Red Mill sends me samples from time to time. I was not compensated. All opinions are my own.

See other recipes using: kale, millet, onion

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    March 5, 2014

    Everything looks great! Can you share the tilapia recipe?


      March 13, 2014

      I will.. I've been experimenting with new breading techniques since in the only way to get my kids to eat fish at the moment. Once I perfect it I will totally share!


    March 5, 2014

    Where can you find Millet? Do you know if the local grocery store sells it?


    March 7, 2014

    In this country, millet is commonly used as bird food. I have 11 parrots and they love it. I have had millet in my house for years I just didn't know I could eat it too. Its very good. Julie


    March 12, 2014

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I never thought of cooking millet like this. This will work perfect with the baby kale available at my local ALDI. Have you tried the "puffed millet" cereal in the wholesome food section or local Co-op's? If your kids like puffed rice, they will like it.


      March 13, 2014

      Actually I have! I totally forgot about that!

    Aqiyl Aniys

    March 12, 2014

    Great recipe. I have been meaning to try millet. It looks like quinoa. Does it taste like quinoa?


      March 13, 2014

      Not really. It's more like a textured couscous. Hard to describe but if you like things like quinoa and barley you'd like it. :)