Bulgur is ubiquitous in Middle Eastern cooking but also pairs deliciously with Asian seasonings. This simple side dish is perfect with beef, lamb or poultry. For variations, substitute toasted sesame seeds for the almonds, or carrot juice (it is surprisingly good and certainly nutritious) for orange juice.

Patsy Jamieson


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  • Zest 1 orange; reserve the zest. Juice both oranges. If necessary, add enough water to the juice to measure 1 1/2 cups total.

  • Heat oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and ginger; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add bulgur and stir to coat. Add the orange juice, brown sugar and salt; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer, cover and cook until the bulgur is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 15 to 25 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, toast almonds in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until light golden and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Add scallions, soy sauce and the reserved orange zest to the bulgur; mix gently and fluff with a fork. Serve sprinkled with the almonds.


Ingredient Note: Fiber-rich bulgur--whole-wheat kernels that are precooked, dried and cracked--is sold in natural-foods stores and large markets.

Nutrition Facts

231.9 calories; protein 6.8g 14% DV; carbohydrates 37.7g 12% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 6.4g 26% DV; sugars 7.1g; fat 7.3g 11% DV; saturated fat 0.6g 3% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 160.2IU 3% DV; vitamin c 26.2mg 44% DV; folate 26.9mcg 7% DV; calcium 60.7mg 6% DV; iron 1.6mg 9% DV; magnesium 89.7mg 32% DV; potassium 366.6mg 10% DV; sodium 294.6mg 12% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 14% DV; added sugar 2g.

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Rating: 5 stars
Very b Yes doubler the liquid. Very yummy Read More
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Great flavor. Yes double the liquid Great taste great flavor. Yes double the liquid indeed Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This recipe was the perfect side to cuban pork roast. I needed to double the liquid to get the right texture but other wise everything was great. Read More