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Moroccan Spiced Couscous with Orange Infusion | Recipe

Posted on October 12, 2014 by Warrick Dowsett | 4 comments

So you want to add our North African Chermoula to a gourmet gift basket, but your not sure they'll know what to do with it. Well this Moroccan couscous recipe is aromatic, delicious and so very easy.  With the addition of Ras El Hanout (a Moroccan spice blend of cumin, cumin, ginger, pepper, and cinnamon), orange juice and dried fruit it's savory but also sweet.  Serve alongside our Moroccan Meatloaf for Moroccan inspired cuisine at home.


Ingredients |

1 cup couscous
2 Tbs Olive Oil
1 medium onion diced small
4 cloves garlic chopped
1 Tbs Ras El Hanout Seasoning
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
Juice of 1 lemon
zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup chicken stock
2 Tbs chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 tsp salt
pinch of pepper
1 Tbs butter
a few sprigs of fresh mint chopped
1/4 cup slivered almonds toasted



In a saucepan on medium high heat, cook onions and garlic until translucent.  add spices, salt and pepper and cook until combined and it forms a bit of a paste.  1-2 minutes. stir in orange juice and chicken stock.  add raisins and dried apricots. continue to cook at medium heat for 2-3 minutes.  stir in lemon juice and zest of lemon.  add butter. Bring to the boil.  stir in couscous.  Turn heat off.  place cover on saucepan and let sit for 5 minutes.  no peaking!!!  

Once finished, fluff with fork.  Plate up and garnish with fresh chopped mint and toasted almond slices.


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  • wozz

    Thanks Sonia. Glad you enjoyed it. It’s actually Tommo’s recipe! The only time I can get her to cook dinner is when she is doing a blog post! :) I think it’s one of my favorites.

  • Sonia

    The best couscous recipe I’ve tried so far! Made it twice already, I added chopped fresh pineapple to it the first time as I had no apricots and it tasted delicious. Good mix of sweetness from the dried fruit and sourness from the orange and lemon.

  • Wozz

    Thanks Ethal, glad you enjoyed it! I love using spices. Ras El Hanout is such a wonderful all rounder and so to Garam Masala for Indian Cuisine.

  • Ethalfrida

    This recipe is delicious and solves a mystery for me… that is, how to get authentic Moroccan flavors in a traditional dish. This time I left out the dried fruit because my accompanying meal was loaded with carbs. I will re-make it late when I am serving something like plain chicken and a salad.


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