One-pan lamb & couscous

One-pan lamb & couscous

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(16 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 2
Whip up a deliciously flavoursome lamb dish in one pot and within half an hour

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal610
  • fat27g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs50g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre6g
  • protein44g
  • salt1.15g


  • 2 lamb steaks, approx 140g/5oz each, or 4 lamb chops trimmed of excess fat



    A lamb is a sheep that is under 1 year old; between 1 and 2 years old you will find it sold as…

  • 1-2 tsp harissa paste



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

  • 1 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…

  • handful dried fruit and nuts
  • 85g couscous



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

  • 400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 100ml/3½ fl oz hot chicken stock or lamb stock (from a cube is fine)
  • handful mint leaves, torn



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


  1. Rub the lamb with half the harissa paste. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the lamb for 3 mins on each side for medium-rare, or a little longer for well-done. Lift the meat out of the pan and tip in the remaining harissa, the dried fruit and nuts, couscous and chickpeas, then stir to coat in the paste. Take the pan off the heat and pour in the stock. Stir briefly, return the lamb to the pan and cover with a lid or tightly-fitting foil for 10 mins until the couscous has absorbed all the liquid.

  2. Fluff up the couscous with a fork, season to taste and fold the mint leaves through to serve.

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25th Apr, 2017
Made this whilst camping and it was delicious. Doubled the recipe but only use 1 can of chickpeas and no mint.
26th Jun, 2015
I enjoyed this! Looks a bit bland but tastes great! I did need to add more water though so it didn't get too dry. I also used diced lamb.
5th Nov, 2014
Tasty recipe but a little dry. A dressing of olive oil, lemon juice and mint might work.
24th Mar, 2014
Very tasty indeed. a great way to do lamb. Will definitely be making again... soon!
15th Feb, 2014
This has become an absolute favourite for us. I halve the chickpea amount and use dried apricots as the fruit element. So quick and easy with either lamb or chicken breast. The couscous really takes on the flavours.
31st Dec, 2013
Lovely recipe. Very quick and very tasty.
26th Apr, 2013
Really great recipe, I didn t have any harissa in, so made a home type version of tharisa, with what I had in, was lacking the mint, and it was still a really lovely dish, full of flavours. Looking forward to trying it will all the ingredients, yum.
22nd Oct, 2012
Very easy to do but beautiful flavours, great to warm you up on a cold dark evening, feels very indulgent but isnt too heavy on the calories, I'd recommend everyone give this a try!
27th Feb, 2012
Absolutely delicious! Quick and easy. I used the left over meat and stock from a leg of lamb and it worked just as well.
18th Sep, 2011
This meal was quick and easy to prepare...and it tastes just great! Very warming and extremely filling. I'll use more harissa paste next time, even though, this time, I did increase the amount from the recipe having read the comments of others.


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