Our Best Couscous Recipes

Couscous is one of those ingredients to keep stocked in your pantry. It’s a form of pasta (so it’s hearty and satisfying) and cooks up in a flash. It’s also incredibly versatile; it can be used just like some of your favorite grains. From breakfast bowls to family-friendly dinners, a little couscous always comes in handy!

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Moroccan Couscous

Ina adds great flavor and texture to her couscous with sweet currants and crunchy, buttery pignoli nuts.

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Sweet and Sour Couscous-Stuffed Peppers

Stuff couscous and beef into sweet bell peppers for a nutritious protein-packed meal. The bold colors of the antioxidant-packed bell peppers aren't just for decoration-the more bright colors you can pile onto your plate, the healthier your meal will be.

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Pearl Couscous with Tomato Sauce

Al dente pearl couscous (which is made from the same ingredients as pasta) is right at home with a quick-and-simple tomato sauce. Top with fresh parsley for a crowd-pleasing side in just 20 minutes.

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Perfect Couscous

Couscous isn’t a grain, as some people may think — it's actually a type of pasta made from durum wheat and shaped like a grain. The couscous you have in your pantry is most likely instant couscous that's been steamed and dried so it cooks very quickly, for a fast and easy side dish or base for a salad or bowl. Look for whole-wheat couscous in your supermarket; it cooks in the same time as the regular variety and has all the virtues of whole wheat pasta. This recipe makes a big batch for make-ahead meal prep but is easily halved.

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Garlic Chicken with Israeli Couscous

Looking for a way to switch up your classic chicken and rice? Try pairing your poultry with couscous instead. Anne makes hers with plenty of aromatic ingredients (like garlic, onion, saffron, thyme and citrus) for a dish that will have everyone running to the table.

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Couscous with Carrots and Currants

Finish this light and delicious side dish simply — with a bright pop of cilantro and mint.

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Saffron, Zucchini and Herb Couscous

Ina’s easy couscous gets its lovely golden color (and delicious sweet-and-savory flavor) from the addition of saffron. Tender, browned zucchini and fresh herbs are the perfect way to round out the flavors and add a nice pop of color.

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Scampi on Couscous

This 5-star recipe has rave reviews from Food Network fans who say that it’s “ a keeper” that will please even the pickiest of eaters.

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Grilled Vegetable Couscous

A simple way to add tons of flavor to plain couscous? Stir in grilled leeks and mushrooms — and top everything off with nutty, toasted almonds.

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Cauliflower Couscous

This simple, 20-minute side has the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors thanks to cauliflower, cinnamon and dates.

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Curried Roasted Vegetable and Couscous Salad

Couscous is a fantastic way to bulk up any green salad. Here, we’re combining it with curried, roasted vegetables and an easy-to-make yogurt-lime dressing for a meal you'll eat again and again.

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Mushroom Couscous

Quick-cooking couscous makes fast work of dinner. This simple, delicious side is ready in just 20 minutes.

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Strawberry Couscous Breakfast Bowl

While oats are often the first choice for a healthy breakfast, utilizing other whole grains like couscous, millet, amaranth, farro and quinoa keep mornings from becoming mundane. Make a batch of couscous the night before, so that come morning, all you have to do is add toppings like fruits, nuts, coconut and flax seed for a 5-minute healthy breakfast.

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Crowd-Pleasing Couscous

Israeli couscous is made with wheat just like other varieties but its larger, pearl-like pieces mean that it has a nice, chewy texture when cooked.

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Israeli Couscous with Squash

When the weather gets chilly, there’s nothing more satisfying than this hearty dish, made with chewy Israeli couscous and savory-sweet butternut squash.

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Moroccan Couscous

This couscous gets it bold aroma and flavor from a quick, homemade spice blend (that you can make up to 2 weeks in advance). The ingredient list might look daunting, but don’t be intimidated — you’ll find that most of the ingredients are already in your pantry.

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Moroccan Seafood Stew with Couscous

Couscous cooks up in almost no time at all, making it the perfect base for quick meals. Here, we pair it with equally as speedy shrimp and mussels for a flavorful bowl of seafood stew.

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Toasted Couscous Broccoli Slaw with Buttermilk Dressing

A quick homemade buttermilk substitute gives a great tangy flavor to this salad with fresh broccoli and toasty couscous.

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Cherry Couscous Pudding

A sweet take on a typically savory dish. Instead of broth, cook your couscous in a combo of skim and almond milk — and add dried cherries and a cinnamon stick for extra flavor. Don’t forget to fluff it up!

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Israeli Couscous with Parmesan

This 15-minute dish makes a fantastic side or vegetarian main. Chopped pistachios add buttery flavor and a nice crunch — and are the perfect source of plant-based protein.

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Spiced Couscous and Chicken

Weeknight dinners are easy when you start with couscous. Make it the base of your bowl and top with protein and veggies for a complete meal.

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Moroccan-Spiced Couscous with Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs get a filling and flavorful makeover with the addition of savory couscous and a refreshing cucumber salad. Perfect for brunch or breakfast-for-dinner-inspired meals.

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