Herbed Couscous

Herbed Couscous is a quick and delicious side dish that is perfect to accompany any meal! Comforting pearls of couscous are whisked into a flavorful broth until light and fluffy. Tossed together with vibrant, fresh herbs, this couscous recipe is anything but boring! A side dish ready to eat in under 10 minutes.

What is Couscous?

Let’s start off by addressing the most popular question you may have: what is couscous?

Couscous is technically a pasta! Tiny, little grains of pasta that cook up in minutes to be light and fluffy. There are several different varieties of couscous – think of them like short grain or long grain rice varieties. The main difference between the varieties is size. Tiny granules all the way up to pearls!

For this recipe, a Moroccan couscous is used. It’s the smallest of them all and creates a wonderfully fluffy texture. Plus, it also cooks the quickest!  

How to Cook Couscous

Couscous really couldn’t be any easier – and it’s quite fool-proof! It is one of my favorite side dishes to whip up when I’m in a time crunch, or want something starchy and comforting without having to slice up some potatoes or boil a whole pot of pasta. It’s the perfect in-between!

Here’s how to cook couscous:

  1. Bring the liquid to a boil. For this recipe, I use chicken stock for added flavor, but water or vegetable stock can also be used. A dash or two of extra virgin olive oil into the liquid also helps to keep the couscous from sticking to each other. 
  2. Whisk the couscous into the boiling liquid.
  3. Turn off the heat, cover with a lid and let the couscous sit for a few minutes. 
  4. Voila! Fluff the couscous with a fork and season with fresh herbs before digging in. 

How great is that? Quick, simple and oh-so delicious!

Couscous really couldn’t be any easier – and it’s quite fool-proof! It is one of my favorite side dishes to whip up when I’m in a time crunch, or want something starchy and comforting without having to slice up some potatoes or boil a whole pot of pasta. It’s the perfect in-between!

Fresh Herbs

After the couscous is nice and fluffy, it’s time for the fresh herbs to have their moment in the spotlight! I love how a few, simple fresh herbs really bring this side dish to life. Herbs are a simple, delicious and healthy way to add loads of flavor to any meal, and this Herbed Couscous is all that and more! 

The combination of fresh parsley and thyme make this couscous a timeless classic. Parsley and thyme are bright, flavorful herbs, but they are also very versatile. Meaning, this Herbed Couscous can be served alongside several different cuisines. Italian, Mediterranean, Moroccan or Greek. Served as a comforting side dish, or a bright and light pasta for a luncheon. You really can’t go wrong! 

If you don’t have fresh herbs on hand, a couple teaspoons of dried parsley and a teaspoon of dried thyme can be used in their place. Remember: dried herbs have a more concentrated flavor than fresh herbs, so always use less!

Serving Ideas

Serving this Herbed Couscous and eating it is equally as easy as making it! Serve it alongside chicken, beef, pork, seafood or vegetables. Grilled, baked, broiled, roasted, marinated or fried. For a date night dinner, simple weeknight meal, holiday party or to easily feed a crowd. The possibilities are endless!

Here are some main dishes to serve this Herbed Couscous alongside:

Serving this Herbed Couscous and eating it is equally as easy as making it! Serve it alongside chicken, beef, pork, seafood or vegetables. Grilled, baked, broiled, roasted, marinated or fried. For a date night dinner, simple weeknight meal, holiday party or to easily feed a crowd. The possibilities are endless!

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Herbed Couscous


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x

Description

Herbed Couscous is a quick and delicious side dish that is perfect to accompany any meal! Comforting pearls of couscous are whisked into a flavorful broth until light and fluffy. Tossed together with vibrant, fresh herbs, this couscous recipe is anything but boring! A side dish ready to eat in under 10 minutes.


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups Moroccan-style couscous
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Bring the chicken stock and olive oil to a boil over medium heat in a sauce pan.
  2. Use a fork to whisk the couscous into the stock, cover with a lid and turn off the heat. Allow the couscous to sit covered for a few minutes to soak up all the chicken stock.
  3. Remove the lid and fluff the couscous with the fork. Add in the parsley, chives, thyme and salt and mix to combine. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Chicken stock, vegetable stock or water can be used as the base liquid for the couscous.
  • Use Moroccan-style couscous as it is the finest and fastest variety of couscous to cook.
  • If using dried herbs, use 2 teaspoons dried parsley, 1 teaspoon dried thyme and 1/2 teaspoon onion powder to get the onion flavor that the chives would deliver.
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 290
  • Sugar: 0.3g
  • Sodium: 547mg
  • Fat: 3.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 54.4g
  • Fiber: 3.7g
  • Protein: 9.3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: Herbed Couscous

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