Grow Your Own Bean Sprouts in Just a Few Days

Bean sprouts, and sprouts of all varieties are packed full of wonderful nutrients. But, when you get them at the store, they can be kind of pricey and don’t last more than a few days.

I am so excited to tell you, that you can grow them yourself in just a few days and then they last for up to two weeks! I am including affiliate links to the products I use, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

A spoon full of beans.

Bean Sprouts, Alfalfa Sprouts, Broccoli…

Using organic seeds, I am growing all sorts of sprouts in just a few days! So far, I’ve grown:

Alfalfa, broccoli, hard wheat, French lentil, green lentil, adzuki, green pea, red clover, radish, and mung bean sprouts!

They are very low maintenance and only take a few days until they’re edible. I use this 4-tray kitchen seed sprouter and have had nothing but success. The kids love watching how fast these grow too.

How To Grow Them

Step 1: Soak about 1 tablespoon (use a little more for larger seeds and a little less for tiny seeds,) of each variety of bean sprouts you want to grow for approximately 4 hours.

Step 2: Rinse the beans in cool running water. Using a fine strainer helps tremendously! Don’t skip this step! This is where nasty germs like salmonella would be, so just do it! 😉

A bean sprouter showing all the levels of how to grow your own bean sprouts.

Step 3: Spread the seeds evenly on each of the 4 tiers of your seed sprouter and stack them on top of each other putting the white tray on the bottom.

Step 4: With the white tray in place and EMPTY, pour two cups of water into the top tray and let it trickle down to the trays below.

Step 5: Repeat step 4 a couple times a day (you can get away with doing in just once, but I found doing it 2-3x works best) making sure to empty the white tray first!

Sprouts starting to form on beans.

Step 6: Watch them grow and once they’ve reached a decent size, ENJOY! Rinse and store them in the fridge with a wet paper towel.

*You can get most of the seed casings off when rinsing, but don’t worry, if you don’t get them all, they’re edible.

Organic bean sprouts in little dishes.

Eat Them!

Holding alfalfa sprouts.

Throw them on your sandwiches, into salads, or just eat ’em straight out of the container! I have been putting them into everything lately and have noticed that I have a lot more energy and just a general feeling of betterness. Even the kids like plucking one little sprout out at a time and popping it into their mouths.

Bean sprouts in dishes.

Do you eat or grow your own organic sprouts yet?

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38 Comments

  1. How wonderful to grow my own bean sprouts. I did not know that I could do this. It sounds like a good thing for me to do for my health. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is pretty cool, it would be nice to grow my own sprouts. You stack the trays on top of each other so it does not take up very much room. I would love to try this, thank you for sharing this post.

    1. Hi Maria! That’s the best part! You don’t even need a big kitchen! Mine is tiny! This tray system in only about 6 inches in diameter! 😀

  3. I never would have thought to grow my own beans likes that!! What a neat system and some of my favorites to eat!

  4. This is amazing! I love sprouts and am not sure why I never realized how easy this would be. My kids will think this is so fun! Thank you for sharing this!!

  5. Wow, my mom used to buy sprouts when I was a kid and put them on sandwiches. I never thought of where they came from. It’t hard to find them in stores anymore. I guess now I can make my own.

  6. I love sprouts! What a cool idea and I think I’ll get my little grandson involved in the project as well.

  7. No way, that’s really fast! My kids love helping me in the garden in the summer, we should do something like this in the off-season!

  8. This is so awesome!!! I want to start this with my toddler! She LOVED growing a garden this year!

  9. This sounds like the perfect summer science project for my 5 year old. o have no green thumb at all. My husband blesses plants or flowers as they enter my house knowing they will never make it haha. I end up giving plants away before I will then Completely.

  10. i love bean sprouts in my salads. i never even thought abt growing them. thanks for the information. cant wait. they are so expensive in the stores and go bad so quickly.

  11. Pinned this! Thanks so much for sharing at the Wildly Original link party!
    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!

  12. I have sprouted a bit btt that seed sprouter makes it all look so effortless. I actully love sprouts and that little device would make it a breeeze I am looking onto those.

  13. Thank you! I’ll will try this before summer! I never thought it was possible to do that.

  14. I love sprouts, but never think to do my own at home. I seriously need to get started on this to help boost my nutrition.

  15. I want to start growing sprouts. I like them, but don’t often buy them at the store because they go bad before I use them up.

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