Spicy couscous recipe

Using a fantastic recipe for spicy couscous, you may prepare a flavorful dinner side dish. It is brimming with flavour, texture, and everything you could possibly want in a spicy side dish.

When sautéed vegetables, aromatic spices, and appetising sauces are combined with fluffy, steaming couscous, the resulting side dish might easily steal the show.

How to make spicy couscous

This meal from the Mediterranean adds pzazz to any dinner table. It works well with chicken, lamb, fish, and even eggplant-based vegetarian recipes.

If you want to put more flavour into your couscous, you may use broth instead of boiling water.

Ensure that, while making couscous, you do not stir the couscous, but instead allow it to absorb all of the hot liquid. Stir the couscous into the boiling liquid and quickly remove it from the heat. Next, cover the couscous with a lid and let it rest for about 15 minutes.

Spicy couscous recipe

Spicy couscous recipe

Source: Carla Zinkfontein

Course: Sides

Cuisine: Global

Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes


  • 1 cup Mediterranean couscous

  • 1 cup boiling water

  • olive oil


  • 1 red onion, cubed

  • 1 tomato, cubed

  • ½ cup peppers, cubed

  • ½ carrot

  • 1 tbsp. crushed garlic


  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp black pepper

  • 1 tsp lemon pepper

  • 1 tsp cumin powder

  • 1 tsp garlic and herb spice

  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar


  • 1 tbsp. Maggie chilli garlic sauce

  • 1 tbsp. Nandos black pepper

  • 1 tbsp. sweet chilli sauce


  • Add the couscous to a bowl. Add the olive oil and boiling water. Cover and allow to steam and double in size for 15 minutes.
  • Sautee all the veggies and then add the spices.
  • Cook for a further 2 minutes, remove from heat and add the sauces.
  • Add couscous to the pan, mix well and serve with chicken.

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