Spicy Lamb Couscous

North African flavors marinate tender lamb that you grill and serve with hot cooked couscous, the wheat-grain semolina served as a grain side dish in this part of the world.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 28 min
  • Servings 6

1 1/2
pounds lamb leg
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1/4
cup chopped fresh parsley
2
tablespoons lemon juice
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
2
teaspoons honey
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon ground cumin
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1/8
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
2
garlic cloves, finely chopped
3
cups hot cooked couscous
Red pepper sauce, if desired
1/4
cup chopped fresh mint leaves

  • 1 Remove fat from lamb. Cut lamb into 1 1/2-inch cubes. Mix remaining ingredients except couscous, mint and pepper sauce in glass or plastic bowl. Add lamb; stir to coat with marinade. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours.
  • 2 Set oven control to broil. Spray broiler pan rack with cooking spray. Remove lamb from marinade. Place lamb on rack in broiler pan. Broil with tops 5 inches from heat 6 minutes; turn. Spoon pan drippings over lamb. Broil about 7 minutes longer or until no longer pink in center.
  • 3 Mix couscous and mint. Serve lamb over couscous. Serve with pepper sauce.

Expert Tips

Confused about couscous? It’s both a name for wheat-grain semolina, appearing in many supermarkets today as simply couscous, and for a spicy chicken-vegetable stew served with cooked semolina that’s popular throughout North Africa.

To add authenticity to the red pepper sauce you use in this recipe, look in Middle Eastern markets for fiery hot harissa sauce, a red pepper sauce from Tunisia. It’s served with traditional couscous and would be perfect with the flavors in this recipe.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
275
(
Calories from Fat
70 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8 g
8 %
(Saturated Fat
3 g,
3 %
),
Cholesterol
80 mg
80 %;
Sodium
460 mg
460 %;
Total Carbohydrate
25 g
25 %
(Dietary Fiber
2 g
2 %
),
Protein
28 g
28 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
14%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 3 Lean Meat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.