A recent trip to Morocco reignited my love for this wonderful grain. It’s a super cheap, quick and easy alternative to pasta or rice. This recipe was inspired by the different variations I ate while I was out there, luckily all of the ingredients and readily available in most UK supermarkets. You can leave out any one of the ingredients listed below or create your own winning combination; I’ve included all of my favourites.

This makes for a great light snack by itself or can form the base of loads of other dishes, why not try it with some trout?






  • 1 cup of couscous
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tiny flake of saffron
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 handful of baby tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • A good slab of fresh feta, crumbled
  • ¼ of a cucumber, cut into batons
  • A few handfuls of fresh herbs ( I used mint, coriander and parsley from the garden)
  • A few fresh olives
  • A couple of lime wedge





  1. Get the couscous on the go, pour into a wide deep dish with the paprika, cumin and saffron and add just enough boiling water to cover the couscous and then pop a plate on top to seal in all the steam.
  2. While the couscous is soaking up all that water pop the onion and garlic into a pan for 5 mins to soften up and sweat out all their sweet juices.
  3. Chop up all the other fresh ingredients and set to one side.
  4. When the couscous has soaked up all the water, add in the onions, garlic and give it all a good stir.
  5. Toss in the rest of the ingredients and drizzle over a good helping of lime juice.
  6. Enjoy hot or store away in the fridge (will be good for a few days) and enjoy a healthy and delicious packed lunch at work the next day.




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