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LemonCouscousRecipe(10MinuteSideDish!)

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ThisLemon Couscousis one of the fastest, easiest side dish recipes! Plus it has a delicious bright flavor that pairs well with just about any main dish, its incredibly versatile too.

This simple couscous recipe is just one of those must have recipes! And really after youve made it a few times you wont need a recipe at all.

Its so straightforward, easy to memorize and also easy to switch things up with other ingredients you have on hand (see ideas below).

With its delicious flavor and 10 minutes to finish it will quickly become a weeknight staple!

Pair with chicken, beef, lamb, pork, fish, shrimp, vegetables options are endless.

While all are three types of couscous are traditionally made of durum semolina flour the size and texture are the main differences.

This is the smallest type of the three. It cooks the fastest and has a soft, fine texture.

Also known as Ptitim, giant couscous, or pearl couscous. This type is quite a bit larger than moroccan couscous and takes longer to cook (approximately 10 minutes). It has a chewy texture.

Also known as Moghrabeyah, this is the largest of the three types. Its is about the size of peas and takes the longest to cook (about 15 20 minutes). This type also has a chewy texture.

Standard refined olive oil will work too it just wont have quite as much flavor.

Zest before you halve and juice. Use a zester not a grater to zest or youll end up with a bitter flavor in the couscous coming from the white pith of the lemon.

You can use other herbs here, ideas are listed below.

Note that not all brands require the same amount of liquid. Refer to the back of the package to see if you need to adjust the amount of liquid.

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Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat.

Add garlic and saute until fragrant (not toasting and browning or it will be bitter!), about 20 seconds.

Remove from heat, pour in chicken broth, lemon zest, lemon juice and season with salt to taste. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.

Pour in couscous, stir then remove from heat and immediately cover with lid. Let rest 4 minutes off heat.

Add parsley and fluff with a fork. Serve warm.

Its delicious as is but when you want to switch it up try adding one of these:

Flaked salmon or tuna (add a little extra oil at the end)

Spices (turmeric, paprika, cumin, coriander, etc.)

Fresh greens (spinach, baby kale, watercress, etc.)

Moroccan Couscous with Roasted Vegetables

This is one of the fastest, easiest side dish recipes! Plus its has a delicious bright flavor that pairs well with just about any main dish, its incredibly versatile too.

Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat.

Add garlic and saute until fragrant (not toasting and browning or it will be bitter!), about 20 seconds.

Remove from heat, pour in chicken broth, lemon zest, lemon juice and season with salt to taste. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.

Pour in couscous, stir then remove from heat and immediately cover with lid. Let rest 4 – 5 minutes off heat.

Add parsley and fluff with a fork. Finish with a little more olive oil or broth to moisten if desired and serve warm.

*Other herb options that would be delicious here as a substitute for parsley are basil, cilantro, dill, or mint.

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition values are estimates only.See full disclaimer here.

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Can this recipe be made ahead and then warmed up to serve? Im having people for dinner and trying to make a menu where I wont be spending the entire pre-dining period in the kitchen. I want to serve this with tuna steaks.

Yes it can be made ahead then reheated, you may just need to add a little extra broth or oil (as it sits it tends to absorb it).

Thanks Jaclyn. It all worked out, but I had to cook the mix about 4 minutes longer to get the right consistency. I will make it again, ahead of time, and then heat it up. Its delicious.

Glad you enjoyed it Karen! Thanks for the tips on it!

Ive made this twice with pearl couscous and added a little bit of shredded Parmesan cheese on top and it was soooo good.

So delicious! I wanted to eat the whole thing by myself!

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