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125 Easy, Delicious Couscous Recipes

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Couscous is a delicious, nutritious pasta version of semolina wheat that’s associated with Morocco. It’s easy to cook, and there’s no end to what you can do with it. These couscous recipes can make great side dishes or entrees.

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This is a wonderfully versatile staple to keep on hand. Like rice, it’s also easy to store, so you can buy it in bulk and save money. In fact, if you can’t find it in your local grocery stores, you can order couscous online. If you’ve never cooked or eaten couscous before, now’s the time to start!

Couscous Recipes

Chicken Couscous Recipes

  1. Cheesy Mexican Couscous Casserole. This cheesy casserole also has salsa for heat.
  2. Couscous Chicken Soup. Couscous replace the familiar pasta noodles.
  3. Balsamic Chicken Skewers with Israeli Couscous. This mildly sweet and spicy recipe is also very filling.
  4. Slow-Cooker Garlic Chicken with Couscous. Features thyme and onions, and also dry white wine.
  5. Greek Chicken with Lemon Couscous. Lemon, parsley and oregano make this one special.
  6. Sesame Chicken & Couscous. Sesame seed dressing and honey roasted peanuts.
  7. Chicken Couscous with Raisins and Almonds. Cayenne, cloves, cinnamon, garlic and more season this tasty dish. Calls for drumsticks, but you can use white meat if you prefer.
  8. Quick Saffron Chicken With Couscous. Quick to make, but you’d never guess it from the taste.
  9. Greek Lemon Chicken Soup. With garlic, olive oil and feta cheese, but made into a warming soup.
  10. Cheesy Couscous with Baked Chicken Tenders. The tenders have a panko breadcrumb coating, which is especially delicious.
  11. Roasted Chicken Thighs with Zucchini and Couscous. This simple recipe relies on quality of ingredients rather than seasonings.
  12. Chicken Satay Style with Couscous. A Thai-inspired couscous recipe, with a coconut milk and peanut butter based sauce.
  13. Chicken and Sausage Couscous. Featuring kielbasa, chicken, carrots and turnips.
  14. Saffron Couscous. In addition to saffron, it has carrots and almonds.
  15. Moroccan chicken with almond & spinach couscous. Calls for sultanas, but can substitute raisins.
  16. Party Poussins with Festive Couscous. The couscous has all sorts of spices, and also cilantro and pomegranate.
  17. Honey-Glazed Chicken Skewers with Couscous Salad. Takes more cooking than some of these, but well worth it.
  18. Quick Couscous with Chicken. It sounds so simple, but then it adds jalapenos, ginger and curry powder.

Fish & Seafood Couscous Recipes

  1. Scallops with Spicy Curry Sauce and Couscous. This one features a healthy dose of sriracha.
  2. Pineapple Shrimp Couscous Skillet. Shrimp and pineapple meet a touch of spice.
  3. Alaska Seafood with Couscous. Seasoned with green onion, coriander, hot pepper sauce and more.
  4. 20-Minute Spicy Couscous Recipe with Shrimp and Chorizo. Spicy, tasty, and also quick to make.
  5. Lemony Shrimp With White Beans and Couscous. The white beans make it filling, and also give you lots of fiber.
  6. Salmon and Pearl Couscous. Seasoned with lemon, dill and onion, and served with a baked salmon filet.
  7. Seared Shrimp and Summer Couscous. This lightly spicy dish has tomatoes and onions.
  8. Gingery Shrimp and Couscous. Ginger and garlic make it a little spicy, but snow peas give it something unexpected.
  9. Crab Couscous Casserole. Fascinating flavor combination – orange and mint, but also dill.
  10. Seafood Couscous Paella. This dish features shrimp and scallops, but you could use any seafood you like.
  11. North African-Spiced Shrimp & Couscous. With kale, dates, and some other surprising ingredients.
  12. Scampi on Couscous. This recipe has lots of good stuff, but the real secret is the clam juice.
  13. Lemony Roasted Salmon with White Wine Couscous. The salmon is rubbed in Greek yogurt with chives.
  14. Seared Ahi Tuna with Mushrooms, Peas, & Couscous. Mostly savory, but with sweetness from the sugar peas.
  15. Honey Scallops with Couscous. Sweet and tangy scallops in couscous with baby spinach.
  16. Shrimp and Sweet Pepper Couscous. This recipe has cumin and garam masala, and also garlic.
  17. Tilapia Baked in Couscous. With slivered almonds and sun-dried tomatoes.
  18. Harissa roast salmon with lemon chickpea couscous. It’s spicy, but also flavorful, with fennel and other seasonings.

Other Meats

  1. Moroccan Meatball Couscous Soup. A slightly spicy dish, with lamb or beef meatballs.
  2. Mediterranean Lamb- and Couscous-Stuffed Peppers. With wonderful seasonings like thyme, rosemary and mint.
  3. Grilled Pork and Broccoli Rabe With Couscous. Savory and filling.
  4. Mediterranean Burgers with Zucchini Couscous. Calls for roasted garlic and red pepper, but you can use plain.
  5. Moroccan turkey meatballs with citrus couscous. Seasoned with cinnamon and orange.
  6. Turkey Couscous Meatloaf. A lighter meatloaf than traditional beef and pork recipes.
  7. Spiced Mini Burgers With Couscous Salad. The beef is nicely seasoned, but just as importantly, it’s cooked in olive oil.
  8. Moroccan Lamb and Vegetable Couscous. Slow-cooked lamb and poached veggies with wonderful seasonings.
  9. Steak With Spinach Couscous. Calls for flank steak, which is great in a recipe like this, but you can use any cut you like.
  10. Couscous with Mergez Sausage. With a red spicy sausage from North Africa.
  11. Pork Kebabs With Grilled Plums and Couscous. Grilled plums may sound too sweet, but they’ll surprise you.

Casseroles, coquettes and cakes

  1. Couscous, Onion, and Cheese Croquettes. Calls for vegan cheese, but you can use real cheese.
  2. Baked Couscous Poppers. Use whatever cheese you like to make these warm, gooey treats.
  3. Vegetarian Baked Pizza Couscous. A casserole with the flavors of pizza.
  4. Israeli Couscous and Cheese Bake. With feta cheese and gouda, and also chives and onion.
  5. Chicken Spinach Pizza Couscous Casserole. You could cook your own chicken, but rotisserie chicken from the store works just as well.
  6. Garlic Chicken with Israeli CousCous Casserole. Savory, but with a touch of spice.
  7. Couscous Cakes. Features Roasted Garlic couscous and fresh basil.
  8. Couscous fritters with feta. Eggs and yogurt hold this one together, and also make it richer.
  9. Couscous Feta Cakes Recipe. Makes a solid one-dish meal, or a side.
  10. Cheesy Quinoa Cakes With Roasted Garlic Lemon Aioli. This warm, cheesy treat can be a main dish or side.

Vegetarian Couscous Recipes

  1. Couscous with Fresh Cilantro and Lemon Juice. Bold, fresh flavors make this one delicious.
  2. Stuffed Aubergine with Couscous and Tomatoes. A spicy recipe, but eggplant counters the heat.
  3. 15-Minute Spinach Pesto Quinoa Bowl. Basil in the pesto adds the perfect touch.
  4. Tomato Garlic Parmesan Couscous. Simple and delicious, with thyme and basil.
  5. Spring Vegetable Couscous Stir Fry. A little on the spicy side!
  6. Savoury Couscous. With garlic and coriander.
  7. Israeli Couscous Pilaf. A nicely seasoned side dish.
  8. Moroccan Couscous Tfaya with Chickpeas and Cranberries. Mostly spicy with just a touch of sweet.
  9. Couscous with Pistachios and Apricots. The pistachios are toasted.
  10. Balsamic Mushroom Pearl Couscous. With garlic and kale.
  11. Summer Vegetable Couscous With Spicy Pesto. With an exciting blend of spices.
  12. Israeli Couscous with Mint and Lemon. Toasted pine nuts and golden raisins, too.
  13. Eggplant and Tomato Sauce With Israeli Couscous. Eggplant and couscous are great together!
  14. Couscous with artichokes and walnuts. With mild seasonings.
  15. Couscous Stuffing with Currants, Apricots and Pistachios. A really cool alternative to traditional bread stuffing recipes.
  16. Roasted Vegetable Couscous. A great way to use up summer vegetables.
  17. Lemon-Pistachio Israeli Couscous. This one is a little bit sweet, but also tangy and savory.
  18. Swiss Chard With Chickpeas and Couscous. The chick peas add a lot of flavor, and also make it more filling.
  19. Israeli Couscous with Mushrooms. With a hint of soy sauce.
  20. Butternut Squash With Cumin Couscous. The squash is almost sweet, but the seasonings are a little spicy.
  21. Company Couscous. Simple recipe most anyone will love.
  22. Winter (or whenever) Couscous. With traditional winter spices, but also harissa chili pepper paste.
  23. Feta and pomegranate couscous recipe. Calls for soy cheese, but you can use real cheese.
  24. Spice Merchant Cauliflower Couscous. With za’atar, a Mediterranean seasoning blend.

(No meat broths, either.)

Savory Couscous Recipes

  1. 15 Minute Parmesan Couscous. With Parmesan cheese, butter and seasonings. (As always, I recommend grass-fed Kerrygold both for flavor and health benefits.)
  2. Basil Couscous with Red Pepper and Sunflower Seeds. The toasted sunflower seeds give this one a fantastic crunch.
  3. Couscous with Cranberries and Almonds. This could actually make a great alternative to stuffing.
  4. Pearl Couscous with Olives and Roasted Tomatoes. Black olives, garlic and olive oil.
  5. Couscous with Spiced Zucchini. Chili pepper, black pepper and mint bring the heat.
  6. Saffron-Scented Couscous with Pine Nuts. The toasted pine nuts are front and center, but the saffron adds something special.
  7. Mediterranean Couscous. Chopped fresh sage makes this one special.
  8. Spiced herb & almond couscous. This one has dates and coriander, and also chili.
  9. Parmesan Couscous with Roasted Garlic, Toasted Pine Nuts and Caramelized Onions. Lots of roasty-toasty flavors here.
  10. Zucchini Couscous. Simple but delicious, with garlic and white wine.
  11. Chickpea, Feta and Raisin Couscous. This one is savory and sweet, and also surprisingly filling.
  12. Moroccan Couscous. Cooked in chicken stock with shallots, currants and nuts.

Sweet Couscous Recipes

  1. Traditional Sweet Couscous Dessert. This dessert has nuts and fruits, but also powdered sugar just in case the fruit isn’t sweet enough.
  2. Carrot Cake Couscous Breakfast Porridge. Carrots, raisins and all the spices of a carrot cake.
  3. Warm Creamy Couscous Pudding. This quick dessert features not only couscous, but coconut milk, vanilla and cinnamon.
  4. Chocolate Cream Couscous Cake. Dairy free! Yes, you can really make a dessert out of couscous
  5. Apple Cinnamon Couscous. Apples, raisins and cinnamon.
  6. Morning Couscous with Almonds, Coconut and Honey. This makes a great breakfast porridge, but it could also be a light evening meal.
  7. Egyptian Sweet Couscous Dessert. This dessert features rosewater, which is amazing, and also candied nuts.
  8. Sweet Almond Milk Couscous. This sweet, rich recipe also has rosewater.
  9. 10 minute sweet breakfast couscous. With cinnamon, fruit and pistachios.
  10. Fruit Couscous with Honey-Cinnamon Yogurt. A sweet treat, but it also has fiber, magnesium and vitamin C.
  11. Blueberry Couscous Cake. A cake made from blueberries, using couscous instead of wheat flour.
  12. Sweet Apple Couscous. This dish sounds like apple pie, but would also work for breakfast.
  13. Coconut Almond Couscous. Super simple, but rich and delicious.

Couscous Salads

  1. Lemony Cucumber Couscous Salad. Fresh and lightly seasoned, and also surprisingly affordable to make.
  2. Curried Couscous Salad. With curry powder and turmeric, and also currants and carrots.
  3. High Protein Black Bean and Corn Salad. Lots of fiber, too.
  4. Israeli Couscous Greek Salad Recipe. Feta cheese and kalamata olives make this like a Greek salad, but with couscous flavor.
  5. Roasted Brussels Sprout and Couscous Salad. This one features not only crunchy brussels sprouts, but also avocado and hummus.
  6. Strawberry Avocado Couscous Salad with Lime Vinaigrette. A sweet and tangy recipe.
  7. Moroccan Chickpea and Couscous Salad. This sweet and savory dish also has a wonderful texture.
  8. Savory Southwest Couscous Salad. With black beans, corn, tomatoes and spices.
  9. Autumn Pearl Couscous Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash. The squash makes it rich, but the toasted pecans give it crunch.
  10. Turkish Kisir (Tomato Couscous Salad Recipe). With tomato paste mixed all through it.
  11. Mediterranean Couscous Salad. Kalamata olives, tomatoes, green onions and more.
  12. Spring Couscous Salad with Basil Vinaigrette. With lovely, delicious peas, and also walnuts.
  13. Autumn Couscous Salad. Served warm or cold, the fennel makes it special.
  14. Orange, Pistachio and Pomegranate Couscous Salad. This is a sweet and savory mix.
  15. Israeli Couscous with Chopped Vegetables Chickpeas, and Artichokes. Made with Pearl couscous.
  16. Summer Couscous Salad. Feta cheese and tomatoes make it delicious, but the seasonings take it to the next level.
  17. Arugula Salad Orange Couscous and Citrus Vinaigrette. Also with mango and pine nuts and chives, this makes a terrific salad.
  18. Couscous Salad with Dried Cranberries and Pecans. Add the cucumbers at the last minute so they stay crunchy.
  19. Couscous Tabbouleh. This one features mint and feta cheese, and also extra virgin olive oil.
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