Herb and Lime Couscous: A Versatile and Refreshing Grain Dish

One of the joys of cooking is discovering versatile recipes that can effortlessly adapt to what you have on hand. My herb and lime couscous is one such recipe, perfect for making the most of any leftover cooked grains or using freshly prepared ones. Whether you have couscous, quinoa, rice, or another cooked grain, this dish transforms simple ingredients into a flavorful and satisfying side or light main course.

The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity and flexibility. By combining a few key ingredients—olive oil, garlic, lime zest, lime juice, and fresh herbs—you can elevate any grain into a vibrant and delicious dish. It’s a fantastic way to breathe new life into leftovers or to complement a freshly cooked batch of your favorite grain.

To prepare couscous specifically, you’ll want to follow a straightforward method that ensures fluffy, perfectly cooked grains every time:

  1. Boil Water: Bring water to a boil. For every cup of couscous, use 1 1/2 cups of water.
  2. Add Couscous: Stir in the couscous and a pinch of salt.
  3. Cover and Remove from Heat: Once you’ve added the couscous, cover the pot with a lid and remove it from heat.
  4. Let It Sit: Let the couscous steam for about 5 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed.
  5. Fluff with a Fork: Use a fork to fluff the couscous and break up any clumps.

This dish pairs wonderfully with a variety of proteins and vegetables, making it a versatile addition to any meal. The bright citrus notes from the lime and the fresh, aromatic herbs create a refreshing and light profile, perfect for any season. Whether you’re looking to use up leftover grains or make a new batch, herb and lime couscous is a delicious and easy option that showcases how simple ingredients can come together to create something truly delightful.

clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon

Lime Herb Couscous

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

No reviews

  • Author: The Kilted Chef
  • Yield: Serves 2-4 1x


Units Scale
  • 2 cups cooked couscous ( quinoa, rice or any other cooked grain)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Zest of 1/2 lime
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 tbsp chopped dill ( or herb of choice)


  1. Bring the cooked couscous to room temperature.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a saute plan, add the garlic and lemon zest and saute just until the garlic begins to turn golden.
  3. Add the couscous and het through, add the chopped dill and lime juice, heat through and serve.
  • Category: sides, recipes