Saffron Couscous / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman /

This is barely a recipe, but because I love serving couscous as a side, and I’m always looking for ways to make it special, I had to type it out, and give it a home.

You can serve this hot, as a side, or let it cool and incorporate it into any couscous salad where the sexy flavor of saffron would be welcome.

Saffron Couscous / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman /

Perfect side dish for anything Mediterranean, anything lamb.  Small couscous is a great grain to reach for if you default to rice (which many of us—and when I say us, I mean me—do).  It takes an even shorter amount of time to cook, and it soaks up sauces beautifully.

Think of it for dishes like Loin Lamb Chops with Roasted Tomato and Garlic Sauce, Pan Seared Pork Chops with Madeira and Leek Cream Sauce, Chicken with Arugula and Mustard Pan Sauce.

Saffron Couscous / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman /

Other grain and pasta side dishes that are great dates for lots of dishes:

Other couscous dishes:

Saffron Couscous

A bowl of sunshine. Goes with everything.
Yield: 4 People
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Diet: Vegetarian


  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup couscous
  • Big pinch saffron threads
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  • In a small saucepan bring the water and butter to a boil. When the butter is melted, stir in the couscous, saffron, salt and pepper, cover the pot and allow to sit off the heat for 5 to10 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and fluff the couscous with a fork, adjusting the seasoning as needed.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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