Couscous is extremely versatile. In this case Garlic Lemon and thyme.  Couscous takes on any flavor that you would like to give it. Combine it with spices and a bit of olive oil, fresh vegetables, raisins, pine nuts and fresh herbs. You can make it in under 15 minutes and it is guaranteed to be delicious!  Pair with your favorite summer grilled recipes like Grilled Chicken Brochettes or Grilled Lamb Chops.

Garlic Lemon Couscous

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Course: Sides
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Passive Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Degree of Difficulty : Easy
Servings: 6 people
Tip : Couscous is dried small steamed balls of crushed durum wheat semolina. You can purchase it in bulk food stores by weight or in bags or boxed in any grocery store.


  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup couscous
  • 3 cloves garlic finely sliced
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh parlsey finely chopped
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme finely chopped, or 1 tsp. dry thyme
  • 1/2 lemon juice and zest of lemon
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt or to taste


  • a few sprigs of thyme


Gather all ingredients before starting recipe.

  • Finely chop 3-4 sprigs fresh parlsey, and 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme and finely slice 3 cloves garlic.
  • Heat 1 tbsp unsalted butter and 1 tbsp olive oil in a medium sized skillet over medium heat.
  • Add herbs and garlic to butter and sauté gently over medium low heat until the garlic becomes soft, but does not color, about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • While the garlic is cooking, bring 1 cup chicken broth to a boil in the microwave set on high for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add 3/4 cup couscous to a medium mixing bowl and pour boiling chicken stock over the couscous. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and set aside for at least 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, fluff the couscous using a fork, until the couscous becomes light and fluffy, then transfer the couscous to the garlic herb mixture and combine well. Add 1/2 lemon juice and zest of lemon and season with 1 tsp kosher salt or to taste. Keep warm until ready to serve.
  • Garnish with a few sprigs of thyme.

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