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Jeweled Moroccan Couscous an Easy Side Dish!

Couscous is a pasta from the Middle East. It is easy to prepare and makes a great side dish to any meat. And the best part is you can add whatever you have on hand! Raisins, cranberries, nuts, greens, mandarin oranges....whatever floats your boat. Couscous is almost impossible to mess up because you take it off heat and let it cook! 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Moroccan
Keyword easy side dish recipe, kid-friendly recipes, weeknight dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Linda Spiker


  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup chopped shallots or red onion
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 ½ cups Moroccan couscous
  • Toasted almond slices, pine nuts, or walnuts,to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons chives or parsley chopped
  • Small handful dried cranberries currants, or raisins


  1. Melt butter in a large sauté pan on medium/high heat, add shallots, salt and pepper and cook, stirring for 3 minutes
  2. Add stock and bring to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat, add couscous, cover and let sit for 10 minutes
  4. Add nuts, parsley and currants etc...toss with a fork and add more sea salt or pepper if needed, eat!