6 Cool Couscous Recipes

French couscous recipes might have given couscous a global reputation, but there are many amazing cuisines that show the diversity of this ingredient. It is widely used in Africa and the Middle East due to the relatively high yields of durum wheat in drier areas.


First up let's talk about a common misconception. Couscous is actually a pasta, not a grain, as it is made from durum wheat. It is still commonly compared to rice and quinoa due to it's preparation. Compared to brown rice couscous has higher protein and a lower GI rating.


There are three common varieties of couscous. Moroccan couscous, Israeli couscous, and Lebanese couscous. Morroccan is the small grain couscous commonly seen in Australia, while Israeli is a larger grain also known as pearl couscous. Lebanese couscous is less common, but is larger still and can be as large in diameter as chickpeas.


Although the varieties of couscous above are made from durum wheat that has been ground into semolina, there are many other cereals that are used in similar dishes. Millet, sorghum, pearl barley, and bulgur are sometimes prepared in a similar way, and other ingredients can be used to make couscous like purple pearl couscous.

Vegan Couscous Wraps

Vegan Couscous Wraps

Vegan Couscous Wraps from Miss Frugal Mommy

This is a great couscous lunch recipe. It's simple to make and it's also vegan too. Use our IQF Chickpeas for some added texture.

Israeli Couscous Coconut Pudding

Israeli Couscous Coconut Pudding

Israeli Couscous Coconut Pudding from Wit & Vinegar

This israeli pearl couscous recipe is almost like a bubble tea. The great texture of pearl couscous works as well in a sweet dish as it does savoury.

Carrot Cake Couscous Breakfast Porridge

Carrot Cake Couscous Breakfast Porridge

Carrot Cake Couscous Breakfast Porridge from Eat Thrive Glow

You might not think there are many couscous breakfast recipes but it's actually a great ingredient for porridge. If you like something sweet in the morning try this.

Sweet Couscous

Sweet Couscous

Sweet Couscous from Amira's Pantry

There are plenty of sweet couscous recipes in this list but that's because most of us think couscous is only good for savoury. Try this recipe before you make up your mind.

Couscous Shakshuka

Couscous Shakshuka

Couscous Shakshuka from Knead Bake Cook

Shakshuka is a great weekend breakfast and adding couscous makes it even more wholesome and filling.

Couscous Pudding with Candied Oranges

Couscous Pudding with Candied Oranges

Couscous Pudding with Candied Oranges from Manu's Menu

When you think about couscous and sultanas it's probably in savoury tagine. But this couscous dessert recipe shows how versatile the grain can be.