Couscous Recipe with Seasonal Variations

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Today I’ll show you my Couscous recipe. Couscous has become very popular in recent years.

In this article I give you a great overview of couscous preparation. It is not just a recipe but a bunch of ideas that will show you how to prepare couscous in many different ways.

My tip at the beginning: If you prefer a gluten-free preparation, then you can exchange the couscous for quinoa. Here are my instructions with variations and tips. Wish you good luck!

1. Couscous Recipe Ideas

I find a clear collection of ideas for the beginning a good thing.

In the future I will supplement this list and create individual recipes in addition to the following descriptions.

Couscous with vegetables deliciously arranged.

Couscous with vegetables tastes delicious. If you have a gluten intolerance you can use quinoa instead of couscous.

1.1 Couscous with Parsley and Lemon Juice

Short description:
Cook the couscous, season with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper, sugar and lemon juice. Mix the couscous with finely chopped parsley and serve.

It fits with:
A hot chili paste, dates, figs, oranges, and humus.
The couscous is an excellent accompaniment to grilled meat and fish.

Summer party, barbecue party.

1.2 Couscous with Fennel, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Roasted Almonds and Raisins

Short description:
Cook the couscous, season with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper, white wine vinegar, agave syrup and olive oil. Mix and serve the couscous with fried fennel slices, pieces of courgette, caramelized tomatoes, roasted almonds, raisins and freshly chopped mint.

It fits with:
White truffle oil, basil pesto, bear’s garlic pesto, chilli sauce. The couscous is a wonderful vegan main course and goes well with meat, fish, shrimps and seafood.

Summer party, barbecue party, dinner, vegan meal.

Roasted almonds for couscous.

Roasted almonds go excellently with couscous. Whole almonds are fantastic, almond flakes taste just as good. Always add the roasted and salted nuts to the couscous at the end so that the nuts remain crispy.

1.3 Couscous with Strawberries and green Asparagus

Short description:
Cook the couscous, season with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper, lemon juice and a little white wine vinegar, honey and olive oil.

Serve the couscous with asparagus pieces cooked until al dente and halved, caramelized strawberries. Parsley or mint goes well with this season’s combination.

It fits with:
You can serve this couscous dish as a vegetarian or vegan main course.
You can serve this dish with poached fish such as halibut or plaice rolls as well as fried salmon or prawns.

Asparagus season, strawberry season, barbecue, dinner, vegan food.

Strawberries caramelized

Tip for asparagus and strawberries with couscous: Sprinkle the strawberries halved with sugar and caramelise them briefly with the Brulée Brenner cream. You do this shortly before serving, then the strawberries smell delicious and come lukewarm on the plate.

1.4 Couscous wit Tomatoes and Avocado

Short description:
Cook the couscous, season with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper, lemon juice, sugar and olive oil. Refine the couscous with caramelized cocktail tomatoes or tomato cubes and avocado pieces.

Fresh herbs such as mint, marjoram, parsley, lovage, chervil go well with this couscous.

It fits with:
Serve this couscous salad as a vegetarian or vegan main course.
You can serve this dish with fried salmon, fried gilthead, fried sea bass or fried and flambéed prawns and a beef steak.

Summer dish, barbecue and BBQ, dinner, vegan main course.

Tomatoes and avocado, diced while marinating with lemon juice and olive oil for couscous.

Tomatoes and avocado harmonize perfectly with the couscous. You can blanch and peel the tomatoes before dicing, then you get the so-called tomato concassée on the plate.

2. Couscous easy to prepare

Here are my instructions for cooking couscous easily…

  • For 150 g couscous use about 350 ml vegetable broth or salt water (liquid).
  • Bring the liquid to the boil.
  • Wash the couscous on a sieve under running hot water.
  • Add the couscous to the boiling liquid and bring to the boil, then cook at moderate heat with lid until soft.
  • Sieve off the couscous, mix with butter or some olive oil and continue processing.

You can also add anise, bay leaf, clove, nutmeg or a Ras el-Hanout spice mixture to the broth/salted water.

With couscous, I have seen that less is more in terms of spices! I always cook the broth first, remove the spices (or just gently season with Ras el-Hanout), then cook the couscous in the broth in a controlled manner.

Couscous tip for dressing. Place the couscous attractively on the plate.

Cosucous with vegetables is a great main course. You can also serve the presented couscous salad ideas for a guest buffet or as a starter.

3. Couscous and Antipasti Vegetable as well as Feta Cheese

A very simple variation that I have not mentioned above is to combine the couscous with antipasti vegetables, cook the couscous neutrally in broth, combine olives, artichokes from the jar, dried tomatoes from the jar and other pickled Italian vegetables that you like to eat.

This couscous can be gently seasoned with lemon juice and sugar, because the pickled vegetables already have some acidity.

Add basil to this couscous salad and if you like the idea of a combination with sheep’s cheese, then serve the sheep’s cheese extra, pickled in olive oil with herbs.

With this variant you let your guests have a little more fun at the table and the cheese can be added as desired.

Antipasti vegetable example picture.

Couscous harmonizes neutrally prepared excellent with various antipasti. You can easily add fried courgettes, tomatoes, artichoke hearts and other grilled vegetables.

4. Recipe Couscous easy made

I developed this recipe for my first cookbook: “Der Minutenkoch schmeckt.schneller.”.

It was about a fast variant, which has a certain taste kick: here it is the caramelised carrots, which I used instead of dates or raisins. I wish you every success!

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Couscous Recipe
Prepare couscous step by step, discover tasty variations matching the season in the article, cook the following recipe for your guests. A recipe by professional chef Thomas Sixt.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean Recipes
Servings: 2 Portions
Calories: 425kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
Couscous Preparation
  • 2 pc shallots
  • 40 g Butter
  • 1 pc bay leaf
  • 1 pc allspice grains
  • 1/2 pc clove of garlic
  • 0,5 l vegetable broth
  • 250 g Couscous
  • salt
  • black pepper
Additions to the Couscous
  • 30 g fennel
  • 10 g oliv oil
  • 1 pc carrots
  • 40 g Butter
  • 10 g sugar
  • 10 pc olives, green and black mixed
  • 1 pinch Cayenne pepper
Couscous Salad Dressing
  • 80 ml lemon juice
  • 40 ml orange juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 70 ml olive oil
  • 1 bunch parsley
Couscous Decoration and Additional
  • 1/4 pc cucumber
  • 4 pc Physalis
  • 2 tbs chili sauce
Couscous Preparation
  • Sweat finely diced shallots with butter, bay leaf, allspice and garlic in a pot for 15 minutes at medium heat until translucent. Then add the vegetable stock, bring to the boil, cook the couscous at low heat with lid as desired until soft/bite firm. Remove the bay leaf, allspice and garlic, place the couscous in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
Vegetarian Couscous Salad Preparation
  • Cut the fennel into cubes or small pieces and fry in a pan with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and prepare.
  • Peel carrots, cut into small slices and sauté in butter. Add some water and cook until al dente. Then caramelise the carrots with sugar and make ready.
  • Halve the olives or add them whole to the couscous.
Couscous Dressing Preparation
  • Mix lemon juice and orange juice with honey, salt and pepper, stir in olive oil slowly and prepare an emulsified salad dressing. Cut the parsley finely into strips and add to the dressing. Marinate the couscous with the dressing and serve.
Decoration und Tips
  • Serve fried fennel and caramelized carrots with couscous. Serve with cucumber slices and physalis, chilli dip and serve quickly.

5. Couscous Calories

Nutrition Facts
Couscous Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 425 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 748mg33%
Potassium 151mg4%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 5g10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

6. Further Recipes with Couscous

Couscous oriental with sage and chicken (with cooking video)
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