Fish and Vegetable Couscous

Fish and vegetable couscous is a simply prepared dish with great complexity of flavors. It is also coupled with an enjoyable taste of summer that may be enjoyed all through the year.

Couscous is an original Berber dish, and as such, it is a staple in many North African countries. We have different types and versions of couscous in Morocco, but when you say “couscous,” people usually assume you’re referring to one of the most basic versions of the famous dish; fish and Vegetable couscous

Is Fish and Vegetable Couscous Healthy?

Couscous has a higher protein content and a higher vitamin and mineral content than white rice. With a fish and vegetable addition to it, it makes a whole meal that is highly nutritional.

Fish and vegetable couscous is high in vitamins and minerals, including the immune-boosting mineral selenium. Thyroid function and thyroid hormone production are both aided by this vital mineral, which works as an antioxidant.

Couscous is a rich source of protein, giving about 7g per 100g, despite not being a complete protein. It’s a good addition to a plant-based diet, which has been linked to a lower risk of illnesses like stroke, heart disease, and cancer.

Couscous is a good source of fiber but searches for wholemeal couscous, which is produced from the whole grain, to get the most out of it. Fiber promotes digestive health and relieves constipation, and studies suggest that it may also aid in the improvement of good bacteria levels in the stomach. Whole-wheat couscous is also more full because the fiber slows the breakdown of sugar into the bloodstream, resulting in a more consistent source of energy.

How to Make Couscous

Despite its appearance, couscous is pasta produced from durum wheat semolina flour and water. Moroccan couscous is the smallest, followed by Israeli or pearl couscous, which is about the size of peppercorns, and Lebanese couscous, which is the largest of the three. Simply pour boiling water over dried couscous and set it for 5-15 minutes.

This dish is quick and simple to make. Most supermarket couscous has already been steamed before being dried, so it simply requires the addition of boiling water or stock to rehydrate. Couscous can then be used in salads or as a side dish with meat, fish, or vegetables.

Fish and Vegetable Couscous

Fish and Vegetable Couscous

Fish and vegetable couscous is a simply prepared dish with great complexity of flavors. It is also coupled with an enjoyable taste of summer that may be enjoyed
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Course Sauces and Soup
Cuisine Togolese
Calories 348 kcal


For the Couscous Semolina

  • 400 g semolina or a bowl of semolina
  • water
  • 1 tsp salt

For the Fish and Vegetables

  • 3 medium fish without too much scales such as bream or grouper
  • 2 grated onions
  • 2 puree tomato
  • 1 - 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 - 4 zucchini
  • 2 - 3 carrots
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 - 2 green peppers
  • a bit of harissa
  • 3 - 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • spices Garlic, caraway, turmeric, pepper, salt


Preparing the Couscous Semolina

  • Mix the salt with cold water. Sieve the semolina in a large dish. Spray a handful of water on the surface of the semolina and then in a circular motion mix well to penetrate the water until it is well absorbed. Renew this operation by mixing well in a circular motion.
  • Pass the couscous in steaming for about 20 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the couscous with about 1/2 liter of water (for me but it can be more) and let swell for 30 minutes. Unmold the couscous which is cold and without fear of burning, separate by rubbing the seed between your hands to remove all the small lumps. You can add a tablespoon of oil. Cook again until the steam escapes and remove. Unmould, then with a large spoon it separates easily. Add salt if necessary and olive oil (or butter if you prefer), and mix again to separate the grains.
  • At this point you can reserve your couscous until it is used and iron it once to warm it up.

Preparing a Dersa (or chermoula) for the Fish

  • Empty and clean the fish well and let them drain. In a mortar pound together garlic and salt, add a teaspoon of cumin, turmeric, pepper and salt. Mix well and spread this preparation inside and outside the fish. Marinate in a cool place for at least 30 minutes.
  • Clean and cut the vegetables in half according to your taste and reserve.
  • Fry the fish in a very hot oil
  • In a pot over medium heat add tomato, onions and oil. Add the concentrated tomato and water.
  • Add the vegetable and fried fish. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes
  • Serve the cooked couscous seed in a large, deep dish, drizzle with olive oil and mix. Sprinkle with one or two ladles of broth and decorate with vegetables, fish and peppers.
  • Enjoy your meal.


Keyword Fish and Vegetable Couscous, Sauces, Soup



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