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How to cook lentils perfectly. Lentils are small legumes loaded with plant-based protein and nutrients and they're delicious in a variety of healthy recipes.
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How to Cook Lentils Perfectly (Not Mushy)

Learn how to cook lentils perfectly - it's easy! Watch my quick video above to see how I make them. Then use them in a variety of healthy, delicious recipes.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Mediterranean
Keyword: how to cook lentils, lentils
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 135kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan


  • 1 cup lentils
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 small piece kombu (approx 3-4 inches)


  • Rinse the lentils in a fine mesh sieve under the faucet. Inspect the lentils and remove any bad lentils or small stones.
  • Add the lentils, water, bay leaf and kombu to a pot. Bring the pot to a boil, reduce heat to a very low simmer, cover the pot with a lid and cook for 20-30 minutes or until tender but not mushy. 
  • Drain the lentils, remove the bay leaf and kombu and serve. 



  • You can store cooked lentils for 4-5 days in a sealed storage container in the fridge. You can also freeze them up to 4 months. 


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 9g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 366mg | Fiber: 11g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2.9mg