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Savoury Couscous


  • 30g butter
  • 1onion, finely sliced
  • 1 -2garlic clove, crushed
  • 1cup couscous
  • 2cups chicken stock
  • 2tablespoons fresh coriander or 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper


  • Heat butter in sauce pan (which has a lid).
  • Add chopped onions, stir and allow to cook until soft.
  • Stir in crushed garlic.
  • Add couscous, stir.
  • Add chicken stock, stir and bring to boil.
  • Remove off heat, cover and allow to stand for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in coriander or parsley.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve as a side dish.


  • MechanicalJen

    How have I forgotten to rate this? I’ve made it many times.

    I love the flavor. The texture can be “too soft” for me. Which I combat by adding a handful of chickpeas or pine nuts.

    Great side dish!

  • Anna D.

    easy & full of flavor yummm

  • **Jubes**

    *Reviewed for Zaar World Tour 3* Couscous doesn’t get any easier than this! Nice and easy to prepare with great flavours. An easy versatile side dish. Thanks for another great recipe

  • NewEnglandCook

    A wonderful and easy recipe. The 1st time that I made couscous without it being dry and flavorless.
    Recipe is a keeper.
    Thanks Chef FloWer.

  • Is it tasty?

    My experience with most couscous dishes is that they are bland, and this one was no different. I used regular vegetable broth (not low sodium) instead of chicken stock because there were vegetarians at the table, the full 2 cloves of garlic and chopped cilantro/coriander. I suspect the onions lose some of their flavour sitting in the broth for 5 minutes. If there is a next time, I'd consider removing the onions and garlic from the pot before adding the broth, then stir them back in with the cilantro after the couscous has cooked.

  • Crafty Lady 13

    This was my first time making and eating couscous. I followed the recipe exactly as written (using the fresh parsley instead of the coriander) and was very pleased with the result. I really liked the chicken stock, garlic and onions in this dish. This recipe is very aptly named, it does make for a very savoury side dish. Recipenapped for the February 2012 Aus/NZ Swap.

  • Ccthomas427

    Delicious AND easy! My annoyingly picky husband and 2 and 3 year old children ate it…and I loved it too!

  • I’mPat

    We just loved this and felt it complimented Too Easy Oriental Chicken by Chef David04 really well and so easy to make and overall all made for a quick dinner which we thoroughly enjoyed all aspects off. Thank you Chef floWer made for Aussie/Kiei Swap #53 June 2011.

  • mommyoffour

    I made this recipe last night to go with pork chops. We loved it. I used parsley since my cilantro isnt growiing yet but very good. Thank you for sharing your recipe with me.

  • swissms

    This is a nice way to prepare couscous. Flavorful and easy to prepare. I served it with Zurie’s Pork Tenderloin With Yoghurt, Mustard and Prunes.