Couscous Recipe with Seasonal Variations

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Today I’ll show you my Couscous Recipe.

Couscous has become very popular in recent years.

In this article I give you a great overview of couscous preparation.

It is not just a recipe but a bunch of ideas that will show you how to prepare couscous in many different ways.

My tip at the beginning:

If you prefer a gluten-free preparation, then you can exchange the couscous for quinoa.

Here are my instructions with variations and tips.

Wish you good luck!

1. Recipe Couscous

I developed this recipe for my first cookbook:

“Der Minutenkoch schmeckt.schneller.”

It was about a fast variant, which has a certain taste kick:

Here it is the caramelized carrots, which I used instead of dates or raisins.

I wish you every success!


Cooked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 2
Calories 425
Total Time 15 Min.
Preparation Time 5 Min.
Cook Time 10 Min.

Simple guide for preparing couscous in seasonal variations.

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Couscous Recipe Image
Couscous Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt


Couscous Preparation

2 pc shallots
40 g butter
1 pc Bay leaf
1 pc allspice grains
1/2 pc clove of garlic
0,5 l Vegetable broth
250 g Couscous
black pepper

Additions to the Couscous

30 g fennel
10 g oliv oil
1 pc carrots
40 g butter
10 g Sugar
10 pc olives, green and black mixed
1 pinch Cayenne pepper

Couscous Salad Dressing

80 ml lemon juice
40 ml orange juice
1 tsp honey
70 ml Olive oil
1 bunch Parsley

Couscous Decoration and Additional

1/4 pc cucumber
4 pc Physalis
2 tbs chili sauce


Onion, bay leaves, butter in a saucepan
Onion, bay leaf, allspice and butter in a saucepan for bechamel sauce

Prepare Couscous

Sweat finely diced shallots with butter, bay leaf, allspice and garlic in a pot for 15 minutes at medium heat until translucent.

Then add the vegetable stock, bring to the boil, cook the couscous at low heat with lid as desired until soft/bite firm.

Remove the bay leaf, allspice and garlic, place the couscous in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Fennel cuts
Different types of fennel cut of all parts of the fennel

Prepare Fennel

Cut the fennel into cubes or small pieces and fry in a pan with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and prepare.

Prepare the carrots
Cut carrots on a kitchen board.

Prepare carrots

Peel carrots, cut into small slices and sauté in butter.

Add some water and cook until al dente.

Then caramelise the carrots with sugar and make ready.

Aioli, rollado, olives and bread
Typical bread side dishes in Mallorcan cuisine are aioli, olives and aioli.

Prepare olives

Halve the olives or add them whole to the couscous.

Prepare lemon juice honey dressing
Mix lemon juice with honey and mustard to make a dressing, finally stir in the oil slowly.

Prepare Dressing

Mix lemon juice and orange juice with honey, salt and pepper, stir in olive oil slowly and prepare an emulsified salad dressing.

Cut the parsley finely into strips and add to the dressing.

Marinate the couscous with the dressing and serve.

Couscous Recipe Image
Couscous Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt


Serve fried fennel and caramelized carrots with couscous.

Serve with cucumber slices and physalis, chilli dip and serve quickly.


2. Nutritional Values

3. Couscous Recipe Ideas

I find a clear collection of ideas for the beginning a good thing.

In the future I will supplement this list and create individual recipes in addition to the following descriptions.

3.1 Couscous with Parsley and Lemon Juice

Short description:

Cook the couscous, season with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper, sugar and lemon juice.

Mix the couscous with finely chopped parsley and serve.

It fits with:

A hot chili paste, dates, figs, oranges, and humus.

The couscous is an excellent accompaniment to grilled meat and fish.

Occasions: Summer party, barbecue party.

Finely chopped parsley
Freshly cut parsley on a wooden cutting board.
Squeeze lemon
Lemon half on a lemon squeezer.

3.2 Couscous with Fennel, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Roasted Almonds and Raisins

Short description:

Cook the couscous, season with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper, white wine vinegar, agave syrup and olive oil.

Mix and serve the couscous with fried fennel slices, pieces of courgette, caramelized tomatoes, roasted almonds, raisins and freshly chopped mint.

It fits with: White truffle oil, basil pesto, bear’s garlic pesto, chilli sauce.

The couscous is a wonderful vegan main course and goes well with meat, fish, shrimps and seafood.

Occasions: Summer party, barbecue party, dinner, vegan meal.

Fennel slices in the grill pan
Fennel slices can be roasted very well in a grill pan.
Types of cut zucchini vegetables
You can cut zucchini for vegetables in different ways.

3.3 Couscous with Strawberries and green Asparagus

Short description:

Cook the couscous, season with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper, lemon juice and a little white wine vinegar, honey and olive oil.

Serve the couscous with asparagus pieces cooked until al dente and halved, caramelized strawberries.

Parsley or mint goes well with this season’s combination.

It fits with:

You can serve this couscous dish as a vegetarian or vegan main course.

You can serve this dish with poached fish such as halibut or plaice rolls as well as fried salmon or prawns.

Occasions: Asparagus season, strawberry season, barbecue, dinner, vegan food.

Caramelize the strawberries in the pan.
Briefly caramelize the sugared strawberries with the creme brulee burner.
Couscous Salad Recipe
Couscous Salad Recipe © Thomas Sixt

3.4 Couscous wit Tomatoes and Avocado

Short description:

Cook the couscous, season with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper, lemon juice, sugar and olive oil.

Refine the couscous with caramelized cocktail tomatoes or tomato cubes and avocado pieces.

Fresh herbs such as mint, marjoram, parsley, lovage, chervil go well with this couscous.

It fits with:

Serve this couscous salad as a vegetarian or vegan main course. You can serve this dish with fried salmon, fried gilthead, fried sea bass or fried and flambéed prawns and a beef steak.

Occasions: Summer dish, barbecue and BBQ, dinner, vegan main course.

Tomatoes and avocado, diced when marinating with lemon juice and olive oil for couscous.
Tomatoes and avocado go well with couscous.
Marmande Tomatoes
Marmande Tomatoes from Spain.

4. Tips for Cooking Couscous Simply

Here are my instructions for cooking couscous easily…

You can also add anise, bay leaf, clove, nutmeg or a Ras el-Hanout spice mixture to the broth/salted water.

With couscous, I have seen that less is more in terms of spices!

I always cook the broth first, remove the spices (or just gently season with Ras el-Hanout), then cook the couscous in the broth in a controlled manner.

Couscous in the pot while cooking with vegetable broth
Cook the couscous in a saucepan with vegetable broth.
incredients for chicken broth
Chicken stock Ingredients prepared on the chopping board

5. Couscous and Antipasti Vegetable as well as Feta Cheese

A very simple variation that I have not mentioned above is to combine the couscous with antipasti vegetables.

Cook the couscous neutrally in broth, combine olives, artichokes from the jar, dried tomatoes from the jar and other pickled Italian vegetables that you like to eat.

This couscous can be gently seasoned with lemon juice and sugar, because the pickled vegetables already have some acidity.

Add basil to this couscous salad and if you like the idea of a combination with sheep’s cheese, then serve the sheep’s cheese extra, pickled in olive oil with herbs.

With this variant you let your guests have a little more fun at the table and the cheese can be added as desired.

Antipasti vegetables example image.
Couscous goes well with various antipasti when prepared neutrally.
Oven vegetables prepared raw in the Roast Reindl.
Prepared, raw oven-roasted vegetables.

6. More Recipe Ideas

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