Bulgur wheat is used in many Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes.

How to Cook Bulgar Wheat in the Microwave

by Zora Hughes

Made from whole wheat berries, bulgur wheat is a pre-cooked, dried wheat that cooks a lot faster than traditional wheat, making it ideal for moms looking for a nutritious whole grain to get on the dinner table fast. Similar in appearance to couscous when cooked, bulgur wheat has a distinct nutty flavor and slightly crunchy texture. You can find bulgur wheat in most grocery stores, and, while the packaging it comes in might give you stovetop cooking instructions, you can prepare it in the microwave in no-time flat.

Pour uncooked bulgur wheat and liquid into a microwave-safe glass dish. For every cup of bulgur wheat, add about 1 3/4 cup of liquid. While water is the commonly used liquid, chicken or beef broth add more flavor to the bulgur wheat.

Cover the dish with a lid or with plastic wrap; then cook in the microwave on "high" until the liquid is simmering and bubbling around the edges. For every cup of bulgur wheat, cook it about 3 to 4 minutes in an 1100- to 1300-watt microwave. Because bulgur wheat comes in fine, medium and coarse varieties, you may need to add a little more cooking time if you are working with a very coarse variety.

Open the microwave and remove the lid to stir the bulgur wheat; then replace and continue to cook until all the liquid is absorbed.

Let the cooked bulgur wheat sit in the microwave for about five minutes before fluffing with a fork and serving.

Items you will need

  • Bulgur wheat
  • Water
  • Chicken or beef broth
  • Microwave-safe glass dish
  • Plastic wrap


  • Mix in cooked vegetables such as bell peppers, stewed tomatoes, onions or black beans for a hearty and flavorful side dish, or mix with cooked meat for a one-pot meal.
  • You can prepare bulgur wheat as a hot breakfast cereal by adding sugar, milk and optional mix-ins such as bananas, blueberries, dried fruit and nuts.


About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Zora Hughes has been writing travel, parenting, cooking and relationship articles since 2010. Her work includes writing city profiles for Groupon. She also writes screenplays and won the S. Randolph Playwriting Award in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in television writing/producing and a Master of Arts Management in entertainment media management, both from Columbia College.

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