Fried Eggs with Bulgur and Spinach

Fried Eggs with Bulgur and Spinach | A Couple Cooks

You know those 30-minute meals that are 30 minutes only if you cooked three ingredients in advance and can chop vegetables like a speed racer? This is not one of those meals. It’s simple, quick, and requires no forethought, born out of an idea we had for using up some pantry and refrigerator ingredients.

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Bulgur wheat has been a favorite of ours lately because it cooks so quickly – just pour boiling water over the grains and let them sit for 25 to 30 minutes. We usually make it in a big batch so we can eat it throughout the week. While the bulgur cooks, simply saute some vegetables, adding some beans for protein, and top with a fried egg. You could substitute other greens or grains in this recipe to fit your tastes and time constraints. What really makes the dish is the smoked paprika; we’d recommend using it if you can get a hold of it. It adds a smoky flavor that really takes the cake.

This meal is perfect for a weeknight or even a hearty brunch: Alex and I made it in just 30 minutes in our kitchen! Working together, we even had time read, chat, and clean up in between. We hope it’s inspiration for quick dinners to come in your own kitchen!


Fried Eggs with Bulgur and Spinach

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The smoked paprika is the finishing touch, and worth adding to your pantry if you can find it. We’ve found it’s available at most mainstream grocery stores.


  • 2 cups bulgur wheat (coarse ground)
  • 16 ounces baby portabella mushrooms
  • 15-ounce can cannellini beans (1 ½ cups cooked)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 cups spinach
  • 4 eggs
  • Smoked paprika
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Boil 2 cups of water. In a heatproof bowl, combine 2 cups bulgur wheat, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 2 cups boiling water. Cover and allow to sit for 25 to 30 minutes until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, brush any dirt from the mushrooms and slice them. Rinse the cannellini beans and peel the garlic.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat. Saute the mushrooms with the whole clove of garlic for 3 to 4 minutes until tender. Add the cannellini beans and spinach; saute for another 3 minutes until the spinach is wilted. Season with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Remove the vegetables from the skillet.
  4. If necessary, add a drizzle of olive oil to the pan and bring to medium heat. Add 4 eggs and cook sunny side up until the whites have hardened.
  5. To serve, place bulgur wheat a plate and vegetables along side. Top with an egg and sprinkle generously with smoked paprika.


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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    March 8, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    heehee i watched that WHOLE video. you guys are too cute! i haven’t really cooked with bulgar wheat – i’ve eaten it, but i’ve never made it at home. i didn’t realize it was so easy!

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    March 9, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Love it!! You guys are so cute! :)
    I wonder how a little video like that would look like here at my house. You’d probably see me running out of the kitchen every other frame to keep my toddler from piggy back riding his baby brother or prying a phone charger out of the babies hands :) haha!

    I need to find a place to get smoked paprika, I used to have it, but when it was all used up I couldn’t find it at the store I bought it at! I loved putting it on everything, so delicious!!

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      Terry Covington
      March 10, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      Trader Joe’s, if you have one in your area, carries beautiful smoked paprika for $1.99. Love this recipe and the info about bulgur wheat. Thanks!

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    March 9, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Guys, I LOVE this time-lapsed video. And yes, I know those other 30 minute recipes you’re talking about. This looks wonderful and like the perfect weeknight meal.

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    March 9, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Yay for bulgar! I feel like it’s an under-appreciated grain, and I love the way you dressed it up here with one of my all time favorite toppings: a yummy, runny fried egg AND one of my favorite combos, spinach and mushrooms. What time is lunch? :)

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    Nina at
    March 9, 2015 at 11:42 am

    What a great idea! Love the idea of greens and beans at breakfast…iron and fiber and you have barely started your day. Or a great breakfast for dinner! Love it!

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    March 9, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Loved the video! I’ve never tried bulgar, I have to give it a try, looks so easy to cook! Thanks for sharing!

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    Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth
    March 9, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Love the video! I’m a big fan of “real” 30-minute meals. Great job!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    March 9, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Such a simple and satisfying meal! I love bulgur!

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    March 11, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Love when you are sitting on the counter reading a book, Sonja! I am afraid of undercooked eggs. There. I’ve said it. I loved them growing up in my little egg cup, with the runny yolk. Mmm… But have been burned a couple times by eggs (read sickened). Any tips on making sure the eggs are good, safe eggs?

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    March 27, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    This video made my day! It could not be cuter or more heartwarming — I love this wholesome, balanced meal (I love bulgur!) and seeing it come together between the two of you was such a treat. You are an inspiration both in and out of the kitchen. This is wonderful. Thank you!!

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