Lemon Bulgur Wheat


Bulgur wheat is so easy to cook, and this simple side dish is bursting with flavor, satisfying, nutritious, and light on calories.

How to Cook Lemon Bulgur Wheat

Bulgur (or bulghur) wheat is a partially cooked grain which can be made from several different species of wheat. Because it is parboiled during production it means that it cooks quickly – it actually just needs to be soaked rather than cooked – which makes for a super quick and simple side dish.

It has a nutty-flavor and is very filling and nutrient-dense. High in fiber and protein, but low in fat and overall calories makes this humble grain a super-food.

Serve it as a side dish with meat and vegetables (try grilled chicken with roasted tomatoes and zucchini served with Greek yogurt), or add to a salad to create a satisfying nutritious meal.

Lemon bulgur wheat in a white bowl

Lemon Bulgur Wheat

How to cook lemon bulgur wheat
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Global
Servings 2 servings
Calories 278 kcal


  • 1 leek
  • ½ tbsp butter
  • ¾ cup bulgur wheat (dry)
  • cup water
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • ½ lemon – zest and juice
  • 1 cup baby spinach (roughly chopped)
  • drizzle olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  • Thinly slice the leek. Zest and juice the lemon. Roughly chop the baby spinach.
  • Heat butter and a drizzle of oil in a pan. Add leek and a pinch of salt to pan and cook until leek has softened (approx. 3 minutes).
  • Add bulgur wheat and cook while stirring for 1 minute.
  • Add the water and crumble the stock cube into the pan. Stir to mix well, and bring to the boil.
  • Once the pan is boiling, remove from the heat and leave to steam for 10 minutes (don’t lift the lid!). After this time the water should all be absorbed and the bulgur ready to eat.
  • Add chopped baby spinach, and lemon juice and zest, and fold through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.