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How To Cook Red Lentils
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
A straightforward method to prep red lentils to be used for delicious plant-based dishes.
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: All Cuisines
Servings: 2 people (Makes 2 1/4 cups cooked lentils in total)
Calories: 317 kcal
Author: @dietitian_mom
  • 1 cup dry uncooked red lentils [172 g]
  • 2 cups water [480 mL]
  1. Measure a cup of dry uncooked red lentils into a small pot.
  2. Rinse the red lentils once or twice in cold water and drain out the excess water.
  3. Add 2 cups of cold water to the pot.
  4. Place the pot uncovered on the stovetop on a medium heat setting. Once the pot contents start to boil, turn down the fire to a low setting, so that the pot contents continue to simmer gently.
  5. Cook 6-8 minutes then taste the lentils to ensure they are cooked through. If so, turn off the heat setting and move to the pot to an unheated burner.
  6. Use a slotted spoon to remove the cooked lentils into a separate bowl to cool. (Reserve the lentil cooking liquid, as this can be used as a vegetable broth in other recipes.)

  7. You can now use the cooked and drained lentils in your cooking!
Nutrition Facts
How To Cook Red Lentils
Amount Per Serving
Calories 317
% Daily Value*
Sodium 17mg 1%
Potassium 859mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
Dietary Fiber 27g 108%
Sugars 1g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 0.7%
Vitamin C 4.8%
Calcium 5.8%
Iron 37.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.