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Chili Lemon Couscous

Quick and easy couscous recipe that is a true crowd-pleaser. Slightly spicy with red pepper flakes and Thai sweet chili sauce, and tangy with lemon zest, this is your recipe for a delicious side made in less than 15 minutes.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • cups water
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 2 tbsp Thai sweet chili sauce 
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp chili flakes
  • 2 cups couscous
  • ½ cup toasted nuts (pine nuts, pistachios, almonds, etc) roughly chopped
  • 1 cup red grapes sliced in half
  • ½ cup mint or cilantro (or a mix of both) roughly chopped
  • black pepper to taste


  • In a medium saucepan, add water, lemon rind, Thai sweet chili sauce, salt, chili flakes and bring water to a boil.
  • Once water is boiling, remove from heat and stir in couscous.
  • Cover and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, remove cover from couscous and fluff with a fork.
  • Add couscous to large bowl. Top with chopped pistachios (or nut of choice), grapes, and herb of choice.
  • Right before serving, toss and taste - adjust to your liking. Sometimes I add in more salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, more chili sauce, or juice from ½ the lemon.
  • Serve warm or cold and enjoy!
Keyword couscous, chili, lemon, side, pistachios