How to Cook Tender Lentils –

How to Cook Tender Lentils

  By chefmichaelsmith

July 13, 2015

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Lentils are a legume, a dried seed, so they only need to simmer in water to cook. They’re packed with flavour and nutrition and just a few simple steps away from arriving at your table!

  • Yields: 4


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat combine water, lentils and salt.
  2. Bring pot to a full boil, then adjust and lower heat just enough to maintain a slow, steady simmer.
  3. Cover tightly and continue cooking until the lentils are soft and tender, about 15 to 20 minutes or so. Serve and share!

Kitchen Tips:
To brighten the flavour of the earthy lentils feel free to add a teaspoon (5 mL) or so of your favourite vinegar to the works, but only after the lentils are cooked. If the vinegar is added before cooking it will toughen the lentils’ skin and they will never soften.


3 cups (750 mL) water or broth

1 cup (250 mL) your favourite lentils

½ teaspoon (2 mL) sea salt


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1/2 cup (125 mL)
Sodium290 mg
Potassium365 mg
Protein9 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sugar2 g
Total Fat0 g
Saturated Fat0 g
Total Carbohydrates20 g
Dietary Fiber8 g