Bulgur w/ Buttered Almonds & Cinnamon

Serves 4


  • 1¾ cups water
  • 1 cup medium coarse bulgur
  • ¾ tsp fine sea salt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup skin-on almonds
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of cayenne pepper


  1. Pour the water into a small saucepan and bring to a boil
  2. Stir in the bulgur and salt, and return to a boil
  3. Decrease the heat to low to maintain a simmer. Cover, and cook until the water is absorbed, 12-15 minutes
  4. Remove from the heat, cover, and set aside to steam for 5 minutes. Taste and adjust for salt
  5. While the bulgur steams, melt the butter over medium heat in a large skillet or saucepan, preferably stainless steel. Cook, watching attentively, until the aroma of the butter becomes deep nutty-sweet, the color turns golden brown, and the bottom of the pan fills with brown specks, 3-5 minutes
  6. Add the almonds, cinnamon, and cayenne and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute
  7. Add the bulgur to the skillet (it might splatter!), stir to combine and serve right away

Note: To lighten it up, you can cut the butter to 1 tbsp

“Reprinted with permission from Ancient Grains for Modern Meals by Maria Speck, copyright © 2011. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.”