Couscous With Herbs and Lemon

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 mins

A typical North African dish, made delicious with parsley, mint, basil and lemon! A great side to meat dishes. Adapted from Gourmet magazine(July/2003). Due to some reviews I have updated the recipe, adding more garlic and lemon juice.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook onion in 1 tablespoon oil in a 2- to 3-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 30 seconds.
  3. Add water and broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Stir in couscous, then cover and remove from heat. Let couscous stand, covered, 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork and stir in herbs, lemon juice, remaining tablespoon oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!
  5. For vegetarian do not use Chicken Broth.
Most Helpful

Good clean flavours I used parsley, sweet basil and oregeno (1/4 cu of each and then finely sliced), would have liked more onin but loved using the stock/broth to cook the couscous (I used a veggie one). I also scaled back to 3 serves and as a side it was plenty with still some left over. Thank you Sharon123 for a lovely recipe and to Annacia for her recommendation, made for I Recommend Tag Ga,me.

I'mPat July 02, 2012

Delicious Sharon! I also used veg broth and fresh herbs from the garden...and of course, fresh lemon juice. When I'm short on time, this will be such a great recipe to turn to, I've almost always got the ingredients on hand. And it doesn't get much easier! For broth I use a powdered type, which tastes great but is pretty mild - so next time I'll skip the plain water and use all broth. Cheers Sharon!

magpie diner July 10, 2010

This is my idea of a perfect recipe: easy instructions, simple ingredients and of course delicious! For a change of pace I substituted Israeli couscous. Vegetable broth for chicken, the PNW's famous Walla Walla onion and fresh herbs from our garden! No complaints here! thanks! cg Reviewed for Ramadan Tag 2009.

COOKGIRl August 21, 2009