Moroccan Cous Cous Recipe

moroccan cous cous

What is Moroccan cous cous?

Moroccan cous cous is a delicious and healthy dish that is perfect for a quick and easy lunch or as a low calorie option for garden parties and picnics. This recipe is packed with flavour and includes ingredients such as chickpeas, sultanas, and almonds for a unique and tasty twist on a classic cous cous dish. Follow these simple steps to create this Moroccan cous cous recipe at home.

This Moroccan cous cous recipe is a great way to add some variety to your lunch or impress your guests at your next garden party or picnic. It’s a healthy and flavourful dish that is quick and easy to prepare, and can be customized with your favourite spices and ingredients. Try it out today and enjoy the delicious taste of Morocco in your own home!

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Do you have a diet restriction?

This Moroccan cous cous recipe is:

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free (if using gluten free cous cous)
  • Dairy Free
  • Low Fat

Step 1: Hydrate the cous cous

Begin by soaking the cous cous in the hot vegetable stock for 5 minutes. This will allow the cous cous to absorb the flavourful liquid and soften. Pour the cous cous into a large bowl and add the hot vegetable stock. Use a fork to stir the cous cous and make sure it’s evenly distributed in the liquid. Cover the bowl with a plate or lid to trap the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes.

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Step 2: Cook the onion and garlic

While the cous cous is soaking, heat some oil in a pan over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the diced onion and cook for 2-3 minutes until it’s softened and starting to turn golden brown. Next, add the minced garlic to the pan and cook for an additional 3 minutes until fragrant. Make sure to stir the onions and garlic regularly to avoid burning them.

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Step 3: Mix everything together!

Once the cous cous has finished soaking, use a fork to fluff it up and separate any clumps. Add all of the ingredients along with the mixture of spices and stir well until everything is combined.

Serve the Moroccan cous cous hot or cold, garnished with extra almonds or fresh herbs if desired.

This dish is versatile and can be enjoyed warm or cold, depending on your preference. You can also customize it with your favourite herbs or spices for an extra burst of flavour.

moroccan cous cous


  • Add diced carrots, celery, or bell peppers to the couscous for additional color and flavor.
  • Top with crumbled feta cheese, or swap the parsley for mint for extra tang and freshness.
  • Swap out the chickpeas for cooked chicken or shrimp for a non-vegetarian option.
  • Add a dollop of harissa or other hot sauce for a spicy kick.

Can I use instant couscous for this recipe?

Yes, you can use instant couscous instead of dried couscous. Simply follow the instructions on the package to prepare the couscous before adding the other ingredients. The only difference between the two is that instant cous cous will already have flavourings so make sure you choose a flavour that will compliment.

Can I make this recipe in advance?

Yes, this recipe is great for meal prep or make-ahead lunches. You can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Can I freeze the leftovers?

Unfortunately, couscous doesn’t freeze well and can become mushy when reheated. I recommend only making as much as you plan to eat within a few days.

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moroccan cous cous

Moroccan Cous Cous Recipe

Looking for a healthy and easy-to-make lunch? Try our delicious Moroccan couscous recipe, packed with flavour and perfect for garden parties and picnics.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine African, British
Servings 2
Calories 440 kcal


  • 100 g cous cous
  • 250 g vegetable stock hot
  • ½ cup chickpeas
  • ½ cup onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic finely diced or crushed
  • ¼ cup sultanas/dried apricot mixed
  • ¼ cup almonds sliced
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley


  • Begin by soaking the cous cous in the hot vegetable stock for 5 minutes. This will allow the cous cous to absorb the flavourful liquid and soften.
  • Whilst the cous cous is soaking, fry the onion for 5 minutes adding the garlic 2-3 minutes before the end.
  • Once your cous cous has rehydrated, fluff up with a fork and mix in all of the other ingredients.
  • Serve the Moroccan cous cous hot or cold, garnished with extra almonds or fresh herbs if desired.


This recipe will serve 2 as a meal or 4 as a side.

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