Don’t let this ancient grain intimidate you in the kitchen. It takes a little longer to cook (almost an hour), but sorghum can be used in place of barley or farro in any recipe. Naturally gluten-free, it tends to be lighter in weight even though hearty in nature.

Here are 5 ways to start using sorghum:

Make a sorghum bowl: Use a quick and easy grain bowl with a variety of vegetable and meat toppings. Here’s a tasty Mexican-inspired grain bowl.
Mix up sweet sorghum butter: Add 2-4 tablespoons of sorghum syrup to one stick of whipped butter.
Bake with sorghum flour: If your recipe calls for whole wheat flour, use sorghum flour instead. The neutral flavor is very similar to wheat.
Sorghum salads: Treat yourself to sorghum salad by adding fine-chopped carrots, herbs, and spices to the grain anytime you’d normally use Israeli couscous or rice.
Sweeten with sorghum syrup: Sorghum syrup can be used in place of honey or maple syrup in most recipes. Drizzle it over ice cream or hot biscuits!

Here are several other sorghum recipes to inspire you:

Almond Chocolate Chip Biscotti
These slightly sweet, crunch biscotti pair well with coffee or hot chocolate for a light breakfast or snack.

Roasted Fig Yogurt with Chai Sorghum Parfait
A healthy take on breakfast bowl – this sweet treat is a welcome change from granola or oatmeal.

Sorghum Pancakes
Take breakfast to another level with a stack of sorghum pancakes topped with sorghum syrup. YUM!

Sorghum Pumpkin Donuts
Don’t wait for the fall season to make these scrumptious sorghum pumpkin donuts.

Strawberry Sorghum Syrup
Use this Strawberry Sorghum Syrup on pancakes, ice cream, or hot biscuits.

Walnut Pear Sorghum Muffins
Mornings will be super sweet when these yummy muffins rise up.

Cider-Sorghum Vinaigrette
Try this dressing on a plate of greens topped with pecans and dried cranberries. Add blue cheese for pungent tang.

Grilled Sorghum Tabbouleh Salad
Here’s a fresh twist on your salad using parsley and mint as the greens.

Lentil Sorghum Salad
This is a simple and filling healthy salad, perfect for a potlock.

Moroccan Carrot Sorghum Soup
The sorghum and warm spices complement the carrots and sweet potatoes in this delectable soup.

Roasted Cherry Tomato Sorghum Rocket Salad
A hearty salad perfect for a spring or summer meal.

Simple Sorghum Salad
Dress it up or down as a main course for lunch or alongside soup for a refreshing, healthy dinner.

Tropical Sorghum and Shrimp Salad
Here’s a versatile sorghum salad which can be modified to include the fruits and veggies of your liking.

Beef Ribs with Sorghum BBQ Glaze
Divine, smokey beef ribs with a sweet southern sorghum glaze. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Citrus Sorghum Chipotle Chicken
You really need a side of rice or sorghum to soak up this lovely sauce.

Gluten Free Cajun Chicken Tenders
There’s just a touch of heat in these easy, spicy chicken tenders. ‘Nuff said.

Sorghum-Brined Grilled Pork Chops
Lightly sweet and savory sorghum-brined pork chops.

Sorghum Syrup BBQ Sauce
A southern cookout is incomplete without Sorghum Syrup BBQ Sauce.

Spicy Sorghum Chicken Breasts
One of these days, I’ll share my treasured spicy sorghum wings recipe with you;)

Garlic Green Beans with Sorghum and Goat Cheese
This stand-out side can transform any meal from boring to extraordinary.

All-Purpose Gluten-Free Bread
This versatile dough can be formed into a crusty boule, baked in a loaf pan, used as pizza dough or rolled thin into crackers.

Healthy Banana Bread Mini Loaves
This tasty bread is a healthy gluten-free alternative to your grandma’s banana bread. Makes a great breakfast, snack, or dessert, with healthy ancient grains for necessary fiber and protein.

Sorghum Pizza Crust
Sorghum is a natural for this gluten-free pizza. The protein of sorghum provides structure and stability for the dough, and the flavor is similar to wheat.

Sweet Potato Muffins
Pair these scrumptious muffins with any southern main dish, and keep a little butter and sorghum syrup at hand for a sweeter delight.

Fudgy Gluten-Free Brownies
A decadent, fudgy brownie that tastes too good to be so healthy.

Old-Fashioned Sorghum Cream Cake
Sometimes called Kentucky Sorghum Cake, this is a quintessential southern favorite.

Orange Coconut Sorghum Cookies
These light and airy tea cookies are as simple to make as they are delicious and healthy!

Sorghum Cookies
No one will ever guess the star ingredient in these cookies.

Spicy Bourbon Balls
These boozy bourbon balls are a hit at holiday gatherings and special occasions.

Vegan Chocolate Chipotle Cake
Vegan and gluten-free, this chocolate cake will win over kids and adults alike.


Malted Ginger Cider
This refreshing and zesty cider recipe might tempt you to start home brewing.

Sweet Southern Sorghum Iced Tea with Citrus
This is the sweet stuff that gets southerners through those long, hot dog days.

Old-Fashioned Sorghum Popcorn Balls
Meet the predecessor to Rice Krispies Treats!

Sorghum Jerky
A unique twist on a tasty treat to delight all your meat-eating friends.