Barley with seafood

Barley, spelt or various other grains are interesting alternatives to the more usual and well-known rice and pasta. If you want to try something different but without departing too much from the flavors you're accustomed to, they may be the right choice. Today we suggest a dish of seafood and barley: a delicious and unique dish based on fresh seafood, where pasta and rice are replaced with barley - both tasty and healthy. Follow our recipe and you'll get a lovely dish for every season!


  • barley 400 grams
  • prawns 100 grams
  • baby squid 300 grams
  • mussels 500 grams
  • oil
  • garlic 1 clove
  • parsley
  • salt
  • pepper
  • white wine
  • tinned tomatoes A jar of high quality peeled tomatoes

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90 minutes Total time
90 minutes Active time
Serves 4 persons
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Soak the barley the evening before. The next day rinse the barley and boil in water for 1 hour with a little salt. Shell the prawns and remove their intestines. Clean the squid and cut into small pieces. Clean the mussels thoroughly. Take a large frying pan and gently brown the garlic and parsley in some extra virgin olive oil. Add the seafood, heat for a few moments, then add a little white wine and reduce. Add the tomatoes, adjust the salt (only a little) and add the mussels. After a few moments add the cooked barley. Let it simmer for another 10 minutes, then add some pepper and parsley. Serve.

Adjust the quantity of liquid so as to get, according to taste, either a soup-like consistency or something drier
You can buy barley wholemeal, hulled, pearled or pre-cooked - different varieties that require different types of cooking

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