Bring on the barley. The best soups, stews and meals begin when you blend in the bold, hearty goodness. All-natural pearled barley is a delicious source of fiber too. Medium barley cooks in just 45-50 minutes – and delivers full flavor fast.

  • Low fat and sodium free

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Nutrition Info
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/4 Cup (48 g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 160
Calories from Fat 5
%Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.5g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 0mg
Potassium 115mg
Total Carbohydrate 37g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Soluble Fiber 2g
Sugars 0g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat less than 65g 80g
Sat. Fat less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium less than 2400mg 2400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g



Reviews & Ratings
Medium Barley is rated 4.7143 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A versatile alternative to rice! Barley gives me the perfect base to "mix it up" dinner-wise. Just cook up a package for the week and you have enough to lay down a bed of barley and put a breast of chicken, a boneless pork chop, etc. on it, and spice it up with onion powder, parmeasean cheese, garlic, a little salt and pepper. SO GOOD! and SO HEALTHY. Fills me up too.This barley is "pearled" which means its husk has been removed. But its glycemic index is still quite low, MUCH lower than rice, with lots of fiber still.Oh yeah, don't forget to try some balsamic vinegar on it, WOW! or some Sriracha sauce. WOW! Throw some low carb veggies on there too: cukes, celery, etc. SO GOOD!
Date published: 2014-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Taste The first time I tasted barley it was at a cafeteria at work, they had it as the "FIT" choice, when I saw it at my groceries store; didn't think twice on buying it. I tried the recipes on the back of the packages, but I used chicken and ground turkey instead of ground beef and it has been a success at my house and workplace, the taste is GREAT and it keeps me full and it is helping me with my weight management
Date published: 2014-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What happened??? I have used Quaker Medium Barley most of my adult (73) years. I loved it and my new husband said I make the best Beef Barley Soup ever. I recently purchased a new box and first of all discovered a new label.. Next, I poured a 1 1/2 cup amount to put into my soup. I noticed that the color of the barley was WHITE not the usual light brown like the previous box. Then I noticed after being cooked, it was not as solid as I remembered from the last pot I made nor did it thicken the broth like it always did in the past. Seems almost like it was somehow refined. I liked it much better before. Maybe I need to visit a health food store to find the old type. Needless to say I was very disappointed.
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Healthy I have recently started using barley in place of rice. My first dish was beef and barley soup which was delicious but I need variety. Through the internet, I have found numerous healthy and versatile recipes. My favorite is parsnips with barley....super tasty and freezes well. Barley has replaced the rice in our pantry. Quaker barley when used not is soups, has a creamier texture than other brands.
Date published: 2015-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love that Hungarian Barley Stew! Well for years now I've been making the Hungarian Barley Stew. It is a family favorite! But the recipe is no longer on the box, and I see you have a recipe online. But should there be some water added? That is not much liquid to cook the barley... and I think the recipe on the box used to include 3 cups of water. Please check and - if necessary - revise that online recipe. Thanks so much!! I will continue to enjoy Quaker barley (and oatmeal, too of course!)
Date published: 2016-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but terrible instructions The cooking instructions are off by a mile. Followed instructions and the barley was total mush. Cooked it again with less water and for only 30 minutes and it came out well.
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New to Making Beef Barley Soup I never knew how delicious barley was until I made it this past winter to use in Beef with Barley Soup. I really love how easy Quaker Medium Pearled Barley is to fix.
Date published: 2015-10-13
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Related Recipes Cooking Instruction

Stove Top Preparation

To Make 3 Serving:

  • 4 Cups Water
  • 3/4 Cup Barley
  • Dash of salt (optional)

To Make 9 Servings (Full Box):

  • 12 Cups Water
  • 2 -1/3 Cups Barley
  • 1/2 Tsp. Salt (optional)


  1. Stir barley and salt into briskly boiling water.
  2. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 45 to 50 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes.
  3. Store in refigerator for up to 1 week.


Add 1/4 Cup of Quaker® Barley to each quart of soup. Cook 1 hour longer.

Freeze and Microwave Reheat Directions:

To Freeze Barley:
Spoon 1-1/2 cups cooked, cooled barley into a freezer bag; freeze.
Label; freeze up to 1 month.

To Reheat Barley:
Empty barley into medium microwaveable bowl; cover loosley with plastic wrap.
Microwave at HIGH 3 minutes 30 seconds to 4 minutes or until broken apart; fluff with fork.
Use in place of rice or pasta in soups, stews, pilaf, cold or hot salads, casseroles, or lightly season with herbs for a satisfying side dish.

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