Quick-Cooking Barley This page first published: Sep 7, 2002 · Updated: Jun 14, 2018 · by CooksInfo. Copyright © 2021 · This web site may contain affiliate links · This web site generates income via ads · Information on this site is copyrighted. Taking whole pages for your website is theft and will be DCMA'd. See re-use information. Quick-Cooking Barley is pearl barley that has been processed one step further: it is steamed during processing, so that cooking time takes only 10 minutes. Substitutes You can just use pearl barley and allow for a longer cooking time for the barley.