teff tribe


Method 1: Microwave Cooking (Quick & Simple)

Cooking teff seeds in the microwave is our preferred method! This method reduces the starchiness of the seed and will create a light fluffy texture, similar to that of couscous. Best cooked in the microwave when using teff seeds in salads or as a rice replacement. 

Follow these 4 simple steps:

  1. Add 1 cup of teff seed into a microwaveable bowl/container.

  2. Add 2 cups of boiling water.

  3. With the lid off, microwave for approx. 10 minutes or until all liquid has been absorbed (no need to stir halfway through).

  4. Remove from microwave and use a folk to ‘fluff up’ and separate the teff seeds. Let cool for approx. 5 mins and fluff up a second time whilst still hot to get the best result.

  • Place in the fridge to cool for use in salads or serve hot with your meal.

Additional Tips

• Cooked teff lasts particularly well in the fridge or frozen for later use.

• Replace water with stock (for savoury dishes) or milk of your choice (for sweet dishes) for an added flavour boost.

Method 2: Saucepan Cooking

Another way to cook teff seeds is on the stove (see video above).

1. Heat 1 spoonful of oil in a large, wide-based saucepan.
2. Add 1 cup of teff seed and coat for 1 minute.
3. Add 1.5 cups water (& a pinch of salt) and bring to the boil.
4. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer with the lid on, until all water has absorbed (estimated 8 minutes).
5. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork, place lid back on leave to sit for 10 minutes.
6. Serve and enjoy.

Some Helpful Tips

• A larger saucepan provides more surface area and aids absorption.

• Make sure there is no water left before removing from heat, bubbles may appear (like a pancake).

Method 3: Pot Cooking 

For a thicker consistency (think porridge, risotto, polenta substitute) try this:

1. Add 3 cups water (& a pinch of salt) to 1 cup teff seed.
2. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to a gentle simmer with lid on for 10-12 minutes or until desired consistency achieved.
3. Remove from heat, serve and enjoy.

For more recipes and inspiration, please visit our recipes page.