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How To Cook Bulgur

Yesterday, after seeing my meal of the day, a reader asked how to make bulgur pilaf.  So, here’s more than you ever wanted to know about bulgur: Just like hulled barley, bulgur is another one of those perfect grains.  High in fiber and protein, and low in fat and calories, it has more than twice the fiber of even brown rice.

But most importantly, bulgur tastes super-yummy.Tossed with dried fruit and non-dairy milk (or apple juice) for a nutritious breakfast, mixed with spices for a filling side dish, eaten as Middle Eastern tabouli, or used as a stand-in for rice in a fried rice dish (such as in my Bug-a-Boo Bulgur recipe),… no matter what your taste buds crave, you can’t go wrong with this versatile grain.


Above: tomatoes, sauteed chard, smoked tofu, and “Bug-a-Boo” Bulgur .

But many people shy away from bulgur because they don’t know how to cook the grain.  I used to think that making bulgur was difficult, as I thought it involved pre-soaking the grains and then boiling for a long time, constantly watching to ensure that the contents of the pot didn’t bubble over. Well guess what: You do not need to mess with any of these steps to get perfectly-cooked bulgur!

How to: Perfect Bulgur Pilaf:

  1. Measure 1 serving of bulgur (40ish grams)  into a big pyrex-type dish. (I like light bulgur, as opposed to dark.)
  2. Add some salt. (I use 1/4 tsp)
  3. Add about a cup of water
  4. Cook in the microwave for 4 minutes, then leave to sit in the microwave for 15 more minutes.
  5. Either drain off any excess water or don’t drain, but cook for another 2 minutes and let sit for another hour, then put in the fridge (I use the second choice).
  6. Now add whatever you want!  Spices, veggies, raisins… go crazy! I like to add 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp pre-melted sbl, and a little more salt.

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Same meal as yesterday’s, just on a different plate. Hope you enjoyed the bulgur tutorial.

Published on February 16, 2010

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  1. jcd says

    Oh yes, bulgur is amazing! We generally enjoy ours under curry or in a fruit-and-veggie type pilaf. Raisins, carrot, red papper, and apples with cinnamon and ginger is my favourite. Sometimes I even bring dry bulgur to work, add boiling water, let it set, add some mix-ins, and eat it for lunch. Instant GOOD food. As you said, you can do anything with bulgur. (I haven’t tried the pudding version yet… must get on that…)

  2. diane says

    I’m kind of confused on the coupon-I added stuff to my card and added the coupon, but I don’t see anything about picking out 3 free samples…am I doing something wrong? haha, thanks!<3

  3. McKella says

    I like to stir-fry bulgur with garlic, chopped almonds, tofu, and veggies, then I add a little soy sauce or Liquid Aminos. I love bulgur because it cooks really fast, so it’s my favorite “convenience” grain. This stir-fry takes about twenty minutes, start to finish.

  4. *Andrea* says

    i LOVE it when you post your dinners/meals. i am trying to find more fun ways to eat lots of veggies and you always help me out on this front 😉 that coupon promotion is confusing.

  5. caronae says

    I’m a bit afraid of most grains! The only ones I really like are wheat, oats, and quinoa, so I’m afraid to try any of the others 🙁 Unless, of course, they are embedded in a kashi product 🙂

  6. Leena says

    that bulgar sounds sooo good! i’ve never tried bulgar before, but it’s something i’ve been meaning to do… i’ll definitely have to try your recipes, the addition of raisins sounds really good too 🙂

  7. liz says

    i like bulgur as breakfast, with raisins and nuts and apples in it. and honey, though i have switched over to agave nectar now. i haven’t made breakfast bulgur in forever, your post has me headed to the grocery store!

  8. Melissa says

    Oh Katie, this sounds so yummy! Thanks for the great tut! I´ve never had it, but will sure try it now – I think I will love it as a blended breakfast concoction ; )

  9. Adam says

    Unfortunately that website charges $40 to ship to Canada… Or else i would totally take advantage of that offer! 🙂 I need to get my butt to Whole Foods this week and try this bulgur!

  10. Tiffany says

    they might run out of artisana now! oh no! must take advantage of this NOW! 😛

    i’ve never tried bulgar before, but it’s on my list of foods to try now. thanks for the motivation!

  11. Stefanie says

    I haven’t tried bulgur but would like to. It would be a nice change from my normal oats for breakfast. Thanks for the cooking instructions. 🙂

  12. Katie says

    Def. checking out that free samples offer! 😉 Thanks for the info on bulgur. I have never had it, but am more than willing to try it next time I go to the grocery!

  13. Betherann says

    An easier way to make bulgur?!?!? Yaaaay!! I, too, was of the crowd who believed that bulgur-making was a time-consuming stovetop ordeal — until now!! Bulgur for dinner? Maybe…

    I really like a savory bulgur, with cinnamon (okay, that’s not savory) and curry or cumin, maybe with some raisins or dates. Something Indian. Yum.

  14. Zeus' Mom says

    You an also just throw bulgur in your rice cooker and make it just like you would rice. I always put a little cinnamon and allspice in it … or tomatoes and onions for a stickier version.

  15. Justine says

    Oh ym gosh- Bulgur wheat and I are besties! I prefer to toast mine a little in a dry pan (the dark kind of bulgur), add either water or vegetable stock, a cinnamon stick, and a bayleaf and let it barely tremble for about 15-20 minutes on the stove. When I make it, I usually make a few servings that way it’s already cooked for me in the refrigerator for the week.

    I like to do sweet and savory things with it-its just a wonderful grain, in my opinion. I’m glad you mentioned it!


  16. Claudia says

    Hahah, I should get to trying some bulgur then. I’ve never had it. I’m stuck with rice because it’s easiest to find and get. I’d love to try it though, same with quinoa.

  17. Lily @ Lily's Health Pad says

    I recently purchased some bulgar, and I had no idea what to do with it! Totally bookmarking this post.

  18. Danielle says

    I’ve tried pretty much every grain out there EXCEPT for bulgur. If you say it’s delicious, then I must try some 🙂

    Ok, so I tried Artisana coconut butter once a while ago and I didn’t like it?! Maybe I got a bad jar or something…but it was really hard, like I had to scrape it out with a knife. And it didn’t melt, it was sort of like chocolate flakes (which is still delish but not worth all the $!!)

  19. Michal says

    Hmm bulgar… the only time ive tried it would be in tabouli (that is bulgar right?!) i shall try your breakfast idea it sounds totally different and yummy.

  20. Kate says

    i think living st is new fav company! what a cool little store and generous give away. thanks katie for sharing the love with us!

  21. Pure2raw-twins says

    Thanks for sharing the information about free Artisana coconut butter, we love that stuff!!!! Love the bulgur dish, yum!

  22. Emma says

    Hi Katie, I’m planning on taking advantage of the free chocolate offer but does what you’re saying about the free samples offer mean we can choose any three samples of whatever we like?

  23. Kristie says

    I loved it in your pilaf recipe, and when I realized it was in tabbouleh… well, I love tabbouleh. A lot. As in, I could eat it every day and probably never get sick of it 🙂

  24. Bekah says

    hehe I love you Katie. I really do. Totally going to use that free sample thing! Most of the stuff is out of stock.. but I found walnut butter, which I’ve never tried before! 🙂

    And my mother sent me Artisana coconut butter in my birthday package to my dorm. Hollllaaaaa. Thought of you!

  25. Vanilla says

    How much is one serving in grams???? *dumb question* I don’t want to take risk with stuff that expand while cooking :p

  26. Brittany says

    How do you seasoned your greens? I LOVE collard greens and spinach cooked, but i never know how to season them for myself at home. Any secrets?

  27. even simpler says

    one part bulugur, two parts water, a bit of salt , bring to a boil, turn off heat, cover and wait about ten or fifteen minutes.

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