Harissa couscous

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 10
This couscous makes a delicious accompaniment to lamb tagine and any other Moroccan style spicy dish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian


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  • 400g couscous



    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

  • bunch of spring onions, finely sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 3 tbsp roughly chopped mint



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • 250g halved cherry tomato
  • 400ml hot vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp harissa paste



    This hot, aromatic paste made from chilli and assorted other spices and herbs is spicy and…

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • Juice of one lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…


  1. Tip couscous into a heatproof bowl. Add a spring onions, mint and cherry tomatoes.

  2. Pour over hot vegetable stock mixed with harissa. Stir and cover with a plate. Leave for 5 mins, then pour over olive oil and lemon juice and stir through.

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Comments (23)

Zelda247's picture

Find it hard to get fresh mint, is it vital?

gaokeeffe's picture

Used this to go with the lamb, squash and apricot tagine. Not having used cous cous much, didn't think it looked enough for 10, how wrong was I. Very easy, tasty and will be having the leftovers for lunch tomorrow :-)

busy-mum's picture

Tasty, easy dish to make

hgordon74's picture

Delicious and very easy!

juliebahrain's picture

Nice couscous, went well with Easy Lamb Tagine.

ellierose20's picture

I originally made this to serve with another GF recipe, Fruity lamb Tagine, and it was the perfect accompaniment. It is so easy and delicious that I have made it many times since. It makes a great lunch to take to work when you add roasted veg and rocket salad, chargrilled chicken or falafels with houmous and pitta bread.
It also introduced me to Harissa paste; what a versatile ingredient! I have been adding it to chillis, marinades, soups etc...It has become one of my store cupboard essentials.

fionamair's picture

ab fab with moroccan kofte and chorizo stew... 10 out of 10!!

emmafifema's picture

Oh my god! This was lush! Had with lamb Tagine recipe from here and was just heavenly!

sandra51's picture

Loved it, served this with a chicken and lemon tagine (Sainsbury's recipe...sssshh) and it went perfectly. Very easy to make and easy to half or double up.

adamj1984's picture

Great recipe, cannot fault!

michelledene's picture

This was a great dish and would also be good to make as a big batch for work lunches.

chloemsmith's picture

Quick and easy, great as a side dish for BBQs as well as the lamb tagine recipe as suggested. I add chick peas and feta and sometimes use giant cous cous instead of the normal type, which also works really well.

katvic's picture

love it felt very good as sohealthy served with fruity tagine

janjam's picture

Made this today to go with Lamb Tagine was lovely. Couldn't find any fresh mint so used dried, brilliant. Would be good served as a salad.

Jamrob's picture

Really nice served with the Moroccan Lamb receipe on here. I used Ainsleys own brand of moroccan cous cous with this as worked well with the lamb dish. Was delicious

joannalc's picture

I cooked this for a dinner party for ten people, served with the Lamb and date tagine. It went down a storm...everyone loved it. However, the quantities on the couscous for ten is really not enough. I upped it to 500g of couscous, but it still all went and my guests would have eaten more if there had been some available! To be generous, I think 700-750g would be a bettere quantity. Very tasty and delicious with the tagine.

lulujersey's picture

Brilliant. Serve this with lamb kofta...

florence100's picture

Delicious and easy to make. I made this to accompany lamb tagine with dates and sweet potatoes.

kjh726's picture

Simple, exotic and delicious! I didn't know I can cook a Moroccan dish so easily. This will be one of my favorites.

Jamrob's picture

I used Ainsley's morrocan cous cous as couldnt get plain and used with the receipe and was really really nice! Had with the Morrocan cous cous! would def use again


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Tips (2)

Kinect Method's picture

Many people don't realise that couscous is made from a North African semolina which comes from durum wheat so if like most people you are sensitive to gluten its going to cause problems with inflammation and nutrient absorption. The thing is its so versatile making an easy lunch. The answer is to use cauliflower. It's more nutrient dense helps fight inflammation rather than cause it and tastes better too. For a recipe and how to make it. Click hear. http://kinectmethod.co.uk/recipes/1557/

Kinect Method's picture

Although most people think of couscous as a healthy option it's actually made from semolina which is a type of wheat and carries all the usual health related problems.
Try chopping cauliflower up into small grains to make a better tasting and much more nutrient dense alternative. Hear is a link to the recipe to make cauliflower couscous if your interested. http://kinectmethod.co.uk/recipes/1557/