Peppered Couscous

Although couscous is a well-loved side dish in our house, it hasn’t become a staple. I’m not quite sure why because after tonight, I think that has to change. I knew this Peppered Couscous would go over really well but I wasn’t prepared for the reaction we got from our 11 year old.

She finished her portion of couscous in about 2 seconds flat. Then she moved on to the other food on her plate and asked for more couscous. She spooned some on her plate and devoured it just as quickly as her first helping. Then she asked for more again. Repeat this cycle at least 4 times. It got to the point that Eric told her to just put the serving dish in front of her and eat from there. Although she turned down that option she did finish off the entire thing.

As for the rest of us, we all enjoyed it just as much. However, we were able to show a little restraint. The peppers add a great kick yet the flavor was not overpowering. I think this would be a great side dish with virtually any meal.

Peppered Couscous

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Peppered Couscous


  • 2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp buter or olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cup couscous
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 orange or yellow pepper, diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper


  • Combine water, butter or olive oil and 1 t. salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Stir in couscous. Remove from heat, cover and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • While the couscous cooks, heat 3 T. olive oil in a skillet. Add the crushed red pepper flakes and diced peppers. Stir in the salt and black pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, just until the peppers are crisp-tender.
  • Fluff the couscous with a fork and stir in the cooked peppers. Serve and enjoy!

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