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A bowl of uncooked orzo.

How to Cook Orzo

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: How-To
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


How to Cook Orzo – learn how to easily cook orzo at home with this simple recipe + tutorial! Perfect for so many recipes!


  • 1 cup uncooked orzo
  • 2 cups water or broth 
  • (optional) 1 teaspoon salt
  • (optional) 1 tablespoon butter or ghee


  1. Add water to small/medium saucepan.
  2. Cover and bring to a boil.
  3. Add orzo. 
  4. Leave uncovered and let gently simmer 8-12 minutes or until cooked to your liking (8 minutes is closer to al dente). Always check your orzo along the way to see if has reached your desired doneness. 
  5. Drain excess water and use in your favorite recipe (we love this Greek Orzo Salad!). 


  • Optional: you can add a teaspoon salt and a tablespoon of butter to the water for additional flavor. 
  • Storage: store cooked orzo in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.