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Simple Onion Couscous

Recipe for a Simple Onion Couscous – it’s the perfect side dish to bring to BBQs and Potlucks! Everyone will love it. Only takes a few minutes to make!

Simple Onion Couscous
This simple Onion Couscous is my favorite side dish to bring to BBQs and Potlucks! It’s super delicious and goes great with veggie sausages & patties, burger, grilled veggies. Whenever we are grilling in the summer I bring this dish and everyone so far loved it! It’s delicious warm & cold.

Simple Onion Couscous

You can make this dish in only a couple of minutes – so it’s the ideal choice if there is spontaneous BBQ coming up and you’re still undecided what to bring. It uses very basic ingredients: Couscous, onions, parsley and lime! I have these ingredients at home all the time so I always have something to bring when I’m going grilling with friends. It’s also a neat side dish for the summer – add some fresh roasted veggies, tofu or tempeh to it and you’ll have a quick and easy lunch! 

Simple Onion Couscous

Simple Onion Couscous

Elephantastic Vegan
Recipe for a Simple Onion Couscous - it's the perfect side dish to bring to BBQs and Potlucks! Everyone will love it. Only takes a few minutes to make!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean, Vegan
Servings 2 people
Calories 423 kcal


  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 4 small onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon canola oil
  • a bunch parsley
  • a few splashes soy sauce


  • Heat the water for the couscous in a large pot, add in the lime juice and salt.
  • Once the water is boiling, take the pot off the stovetop and add in the couscous and put the lid back on (the couscous will be ready in a minute or two).
  • Meanwhile peel the onions and cut them in rings & chop the parsley.
  • Heat a large pan with the canola oil and place the onion rings in there. Cook them for a few minutes on medium-high heat while stirring constantly, season with the soy sauce, and keep them on the heat until they cook down and get a nice brown color.
  • Fluff the couscous with a fork, add in the quick caramelized onions and chopped parsley and give it a good mix. Serve warm or cold!


Calories: 423kcalCarbohydrates: 87gProtein: 13gFat: 1gSodium: 897mgPotassium: 464mgFiber: 8gSugar: 9gVitamin C: 17.8mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 1.4mg
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Simple Onion Couscous
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Recipe Rating


Thursday 13th of May 2021

My friend just made this for me (I'm vegan, she's not) and it was DELICIOUS! I think I'll add some tofu to it when I make it!

Lucie Javorska

Tuesday 28th of July 2015

My kind of recipe! Simple, healthy and beautiful :)


Tuesday 28th of July 2015

So glad you like it Lucie! It's always a huge hit at BBQs. Goes so well with all the other usual bbq ingredients :)

Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

Tuesday 28th of July 2015

Simple yet exotic couscous! Addition of soya sauce sounds delish! :)


Tuesday 28th of July 2015

Thanks Anu! I love to have a few basics for dishes. With grilled veggies and tofu/tempeh or seitan you can easily convert it into a full meal. So quick!

Natalie | Feasting on Fruit

Monday 27th of July 2015

Yum! I want to bring this to my potluck of one...a.k.a lunch ;) haha Couscous is so yummy, I love the texture I think it's my favorite form of 'pasta' if you can call it that! Such simple flavors but it sounds delish!


Tuesday 28th of July 2015

hahaaha :D potluck of one! love it! also I've never thought of couscous as a form of pasta but you're so right! I always put couscous in the group of rice and quinoa but it fits much better to the pasta. Somehow I always end up making couscous when it's hot and "traditional" pasta when it's cold :D so weird!


Saturday 25th of July 2015

This sounds like the perfect side dish! :-) I just love couscous for quick dinners and of course also for salads.


Sunday 26th of July 2015

Yes, this couscous really is the ideal side dish. It goes with so many things and it also makes a great main dish together with fresh veggies & tempeh/tofu/seitan. :)