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Recipe: Barley Jambalaya


Spice up dinnertime with this Barley Jambalaya!


1 cup instant pearl barley
4 cups water
2 whole bay leaves
3 medium onions
4 small celery stalks
1 cup diced green, red, yellow, or orange bell pepper
2 medium cloves garlic
1 tablespoon canola oil
4 ounces ground turkey
2 (14.5-oz) cans diced tomato (no salt added)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground black pepper


In Advance

1. In a colander, rinse barley under cold water.

2. In a medium pot over high heat, bring barley, water, and bay leaves to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook barley until tender and water is absorbed, about 20-30 minutes.

3. In a colander, drain barley. Set aside.


4. Peel, rinse, and dice onions. Rinse and dice celery and pepper. Peel and mince garlic.

5. In a large pot over medium-high heat, heat oil.

6. Add onions, celery, pepper, and garlic to pot. Mix well. Cook until veggies are soft, about 5 minutes.

7. Add ground turkey. Cook until internal temperature registers 165 °F on a food thermometer, about 5 minutes more.

8. Add tomatoes and their juices. Bring to a simmer.

9. Add spices. Stir to combine. Cover and reduce heat. Cook at a low simmer for 15 minutes.

10. Add cooked barley to the mixture. Stir to combine. Add more water or broth, if needed. Cook over low heat to bled flavors, about 5-10 minutes more.

11. Remove bay leaves and serve.


Recipe courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture. (Print ready version)