Barley Hoppin' John

Barley Hoppin' John

13 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2010

Traditionally made with rice, this classic Southern dish gets great toothsome texture here from quick-cooking barley instead. Serve with a green salad.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 14-ounce can vegetable broth
  • 1 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 15-ounce cans black-eyed peas, rinsed


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  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper and celery. Cook until the vegetables soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add broth, barley, thyme, lemon juice, crushed red pepper and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until the barley is done, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in black-eyed peas. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve hot.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1½ cups
  • Per serving: 316 calories; 5 g fat(1 g sat); 11 g fiber; 57 g carbohydrates; 12 g protein; 96 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 801 IU vitamin A; 35 mg vitamin C; 55 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 756 mg sodium; 529 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (58% daily value), Folate (24% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 4
  • Exchanges: 3½ starch, 1 vegetable, 1 lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 13

July 11, 2018
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By: Michelle Brown
Excellent and easy to fix. To save time I made the barley plus ingredients following the night before.
September 18, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Quick, Easy, Healthy I loved this! I love barley and didn't know what to use it in other than soup so I'm glad I found this. I subbed in chickpeas for the beans and then added fresh tomatoes in at the end and it was great.
January 30, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious Really good, quick & easy - lots of flavor. I used bulgar wheat instead and subsituted yellow squash for red pepper and tasted yummy! Pros: quick, easy
May 27, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Fantastic! I was soooo pleasantly surprised with this recipe! Last time I had Black-eyed Peas in another recipe I wasn't particularly impressed (of course it could have been the ham cubes too, they were too dry, but I digress). I thought I would give this recipe a shot anyway, and I'm glad I did! My in-laws loved it, and so did my 9 yr old nephew. :) Now to get my husband to taste it when he gets off of work... I will DEFINITELY make this recipe again, it was so easy! Pros: healthy, hearty, easy, quick, meatless Cons: none
November 27, 2011
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By: johnroxane
I used brown rice instead of barley so the broth needed was per the brown rice instructions. I doubled the amount of thyme, lemon juice and red pepper flakes and used only one can of rinsed black beans. Another keeper.
April 28, 2011
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By: JenniferGJ
Barley Hoppin' John I was pleasantly surprised with this recipe! I thought that it wouldn't have enough flavor, but the seasonings were perfect. The lemon juice is a must-have. I couldn't find quick-cooking barley, so I used regular and added a little bit more broth and cooked it for longer and it turned out great. My toddler licked his plate and had 3 servings, and my husband had 2 servings and said he really liked it. Will definitely make it again!
April 14, 2011
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By: Amy Anderson
Delicious We are moving away from the traditional American diet, so knew that we would need to add more seasonings. A bit of creole seasoning did the trick. Others may not need the extra seasoning. Very delicious and easy. I think we'll try it with shrimp next time!
March 24, 2011
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By: Lish
SO DELICIOUS! My boyfriend and I are not vegans so I added shrimp and chicken on top. It was delicious! I also could not find quick cooking barley...believe it or not. So I used pearl couscous.Came out perfect...definitely will make again. Pros: You have most ingredients on hand Cons: None
March 11, 2011
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By: Granny48
Easy to Prepare This dish is extremely easy to prepare and quite filling. I served it with an additional side of vegetables. I am on a vegan fast for Lent, and this fit the bill. I did find that the dish did not have a lot of flavor, so I sprinkled some Mrs. Dash on at the table. This did the trick. Pros: Quick and Easy Cons: Not Very Flavorable
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