Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr
4 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup risotto and about 3 ounces shrimp)

The strong mint flavor makes this risotto a great foil for the garlic-infused shrimp. Although chewy bulgur grains separate in tabbouleh, they stick together when cooked as a risotto.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine water and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan; bring to a simmer (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat.

Step 2

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add green onions; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add bulgur; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add warm salted water, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently until each portion of warm salted water is absorbed before adding the next (about 20 minutes total). Remove from heat. Add spinach, mint, rind, and juice; stir until spinach wilts. Keep warm.

Step 3

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, and shrimp; sauté for 2 minutes or until shrimp are done. Divide risotto evenly among 4 small bowls or plates, and arrange shrimp evenly over risotto. Garnish with lemon wedges, if desired.

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Ratings & Reviews


September 06, 2015
If you enjoy the earthy taste of bulgur, you will like this recipe.  I thought it was GREAT!  I made it just as written - no substitutions or changes.  The inclusion of the lemon peel/fresh lemon juice was nice.  I think if you are someone who is dieting, recipes with interesting flavors help a LOT with satiety.  It felt like I ordered this is at a restaurant!  Loved it!!

hormiguita's Review

April 29, 2012
bulgur turned out sticky and musshy. and i didn't even use all 3 cups of water. I would recommend only using 2 cups.

BeckyStroz's Review

April 18, 2012
This was delicious! I used arborio rice instead of the bulger since that is what I had on hand. We didn't even miss the butter or cheese. Pairs perfectly with the garlic shrimp.

Sclaro's Review

May 18, 2011
This was such a great meal! Everyone loved the lemon taste and I was surprised at how light it tasted. I used orzo instead of bulgur, but will definitely try making it in the future with bulgur.

alen31's Review

April 10, 2011
This is a staple in my box. The clean,fresh flavors make the shrimp the main focus!