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How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts
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How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts

Cook time is an estimation of the initial time involved, but does NOT include 4 day sprouting period or rinsing the beans each day.  Makes approximately 2 cups of sprouts. 
Prep Time25 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 11kcal


  • 1 TB mung beans (whole beans meant for sprouting- check the packaging label)

Equipment Needed:

  • 1 glass mason jar, at least 16oz
  • cheesecloth + rubber band


Sanitize Jar:

  • Place a clean glass jar in the oven at 225ºF for at 20 minutes.  Leave the jar in the warm oven until you're ready to use it.

Sprout Mung Beans:

  • Rinse beans.  Put beans in mason jar, and fill with 2-3 times more cool water than beans (2-3 TB).
  • Cover jar opening with cheesecloth, and secure with a rubber band.  Place jar in a dark, cool space (like a cabinet), and soak beans for 8-12 hours.
  • Drain beans, rinse, and drain out the water.  Store in dark space again.  Continue to rinse and drain twice a day for about 3 days, until the sprouts have grown out as long as you like them.
  • Set beans in daylight for one day without rinsing.  
  • Refrigerate in an airtight container and use within 3-5 days.


Nutrition information assumes 1/4 cup of sprouts per person.


Calories: 11kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Potassium: 40mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.2mg