Cous Cous for beginners

Cous Cous for beginners

I love cous cous and I’m ashamed to say that for a long time I reached for the ready made stuff at the supermarket as I hadn’t made it before.

But believe me when I say that you’ll never buy the ready-made stuff again once you’ve found your magic flavour combinations!

There’s so much you can do with cous cous and this recipe is a great place to start.

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Ingredients for 4 servings

200 g cous cous, dried
1 vegetable stock cube
350 ml boiling water
1 orange, juice only
50 g spring onion
20 g fresh coriander, chopped
20 g fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
20 g pumpkin seeds
50 g pomegranate seeds
20 g extra virgin olive oil


  • Dissolve the stock cube in the boiled water to make your stock.
  • Place the dried cous cous into a bowl and pour over the stock.  No need to stir at this point.
  • Cover with clingfilm and leave to stand for approximately 10 minutes.
  • While the cous cous is doing it’s thing, finely chop the spring onion and set aside.
  • When the time’s up, fluff the cous cous with a fork and leave it to cool for around 30 minutes.
  • Uncover the cooled cous cous and pour over the freshly squeezed orange juice and mix the grains throughly.
  • Add the chopped herbs and spring onion and give another mix before adding off with the pumpkin and pomegranate seeds.
  • Finish off with a Jamie Oliver style glug of extra virgin olive oil and there you have it!

Recipe Notes

  • I like to use low salt stock cubes.
  • Feel free to use chicken stock cubes if you prefer.
  • To intensify the orange flavour, grate the orange zest and add it before juicing the orange.
  • I like to use whatever herbs are to hand so don’t be afraid to mix it up!

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