Harissa-Spiced Israeli Couscous

Harissa-Spiced Israeli Couscous


  • Harissa marinade:
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Tempeh:
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages tempeh (such as Litelife), cut into 1-inch squares
  • Couscous:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup uncooked Israeli couscous
  • 2 1/4 cups vegetable broth
  • Tomatoes:
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs (such as a combination of oregano, basil, and parsley)
  • Sea salt or kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Minced cilantro (optional)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


1. For the marinade, combine all marinade ingredients in a medium bowl, and whisk.

2a. For the tempeh, add 1 1/4 cups water to marinade. Arrange the tempeh in one layer in a large non-stick skillet. Pour marinade over tempeh. Bring to a simmer over high heat. Cover; simmer 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Set aside; keep warm.

2b. To use shrimp: Transfer marinade to a large zip-top plastic bag. Add shrimp; seal and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes. Remove shrimp from bag, and discard marinade. Place shrimp on grill rack or broiler pan coated with cooking spray; cook 3 minutes on each side or until done. Set aside; keep warm.

3. For the couscous, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Add the couscous; sauté 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, for 12 minutes or until couscous is tender. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

4. For the tomatoes, combine tomatoes, oil, garlic, and pepper flakes in a large nonstick skillet over high heat; sauté 3 minutes or until tomatoes soften and begin to pop. Stir in herbs; sauté 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Divide the couscous among 4 wide soup bowls. Spoon tomatoes around couscous; top with tempeh or shrimp. Sprinkle with cilantro and Parmesan, if desired.

Nutritional analysis with shrimp: Calories 472 (40% from fat); Fat 21g (sat 7g, mono 11g, poly 2g); Cholesterol 192mg; Protein 32g; Carbohydrate 39g; Sugars 6g; Fiber 4g; Iron 4mg; Sodium 729mg; Calcium 192mg

  • Prep Time:
  • Cook Time:

  • To make this dish flexitarian, replace tempeh with 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, with tails intact. Prep: 25 minutes; For tempeh: Cook 37 minutes. For shrimp: Chill 30 minutes; Cook 28 minutes.
  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 2 cups)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 533
Fat per serving: 25g
Saturated fat per serving: 8g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 10g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 2g
Protein per serving: 33g
Carbohydrate per serving: 47g
Fiber per serving: 11g
Cholesterol per serving: 20mg
Iron per serving: 4mg
Sodium per serving: 573mg
Calcium per serving: 303mg