Harissa Couscous

An exotically spicy side…

Harissa seasoning provides a subtle and exotic spiciness wherever it’s used. It’s a perfect pairing, in fact, for the simple earthiness of couscous. Mix couscous and harissa with tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions, and you have a side that starts to eat like a meal. We love the addition of lemon here, too. It adds just the hint of tangy flavor.

This dish is already mildly spicy from the harissa, so if you want a little more pizazz, reach for that crushed red pepper on the spice rack.

Harissa Couscous

Harissa Couscous

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 6


  • 1 package couscous approximately 3 cups cooked
  • 1/2 dry pint cherry tomatoes diced
  • 1/4 cup cucumber chopped
  • 1/2 bunch scallions sliced thin
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons harissa seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons dried cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice approximately 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper optional


  • Cook the couscous per package instructions and set to the side in a large bowl.
  • While the couscous is almost done cooking, in a mixing bowl combine the olive oil, harissa seasoning, cilantro, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper (optional). Stir well. 
  • Pour the harissa seasoning mix into the couscous and stir well.
  • Add the diced cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. Stir well, then serve.


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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on January 20, 2021 to include new content. It was originally published on August 17, 2017.