Harissa couscous

Harissa couscous

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(35 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 10, as a side

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

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian


  • kcal195
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre2g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.13g
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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 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…


  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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Greenside Up
1st Jan, 2020
22nd Apr, 2017
excellent, we had six for dinner and some leftover, so probably feeds 10, went very well with the lamb and apricot tagine. will be using again.
22nd Jun, 2015
Find it hard to get fresh mint, is it vital?
4th Nov, 2019
Yes - all supermarkets stock it, or try growing your own!
31st Aug, 2014
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
5th Jan, 2014
Tasty, easy dish to make
7th Apr, 2013
Delicious and very easy!
23rd Feb, 2013
Nice couscous, went well with Easy Lamb Tagine.
11th Nov, 2012
I originally made this to serve with another GF recipe, Fruity lamb Tagine, and it was the perfect accompaniment.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.
19th Sep, 2012
ab fab with moroccan kofte and chorizo stew... 10 out of 10!!


Lyme Regis
13th Oct, 2018
How many calories do you think are in this recipe?
goodfoodteam's picture
17th Oct, 2018
Thanks for your question. We will pass this on to our nutritionist and update the recipe to include the calculations. Please check back in a few weeks.
PigeonWard's picture
5th Jul, 2014
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/
PigeonWard's picture
22nd Jun, 2014
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/
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