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Sautéed Wild Asparagus Couscous

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This Sautéed Wild Asparagus Couscous is your perfect side dish. Light and fluffy couscous with tender sauteed asparagus, protein packed chickpeas and finished off with fresh parsley. This dish would make a great lunch, side to a barbecue or even to bring to a potluck.

sauteed wild asparagus couscous on a tea towel
Sauteed Wild Asparagus with Couscous

Wild asparagus is everywhere around here at the moment.  That being said, I never seem to find any to pick.  There is a bank leading down to the beach a couple minutes walk from the house where it seems to to grow in abundance.  If you can wade yourself through the thorns and cactus plants and get there before the better informed residents you will be all set.  I am not so organized, so I usually buy it from a hard working asparagus picker outside the supermarket.  So, it’s kinda the same thing, right?  Yesterday I came across one of of those hard workers and got myself a big bunch of asparagus along with a large bunch of irises for 3€, Pretty good I say.

over head view of the sauteed wild asparagus couscous
Sauteed wild asparagus couscous

We had this couscous dish served with the Maple Glazed Chicken and it was a great combination. 

I have listed this dish under side dishes, but it could just as easily be a easy main course as it has all the components to make a complete meal.  Also, on the table in 20 minutes!

Note:  This asparagus I used is quite thin.  If you are using a thicker asparagus in this recipe, you will need to cook it for a bit longer. 

close up of the sauteed wild asparagus couscous
Sauteed Wild Asparagus Couscous

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Sauteed Wild Asparaus with Couscous

Light and fluffy couscous with seasonal asparagus
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean, North American
Keyword: asparagus, chickpeas, couscous
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 270kcal
Author: Julia Pinney


  • 1 Cup couscous
  • 3/4 Cup chickpeas cooked
  • 1 1/2 Cups vegetable stock boiling
  • Asparagus thin,if available, cut into 3 inch pieces and ends discarded
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Garlic cloves crushed
  • Small bunch of fresh chopped parsley
  • Sea salt for seasoning


  • In a large skillet heat the butter and garlic. Add asparagus and cook over a medium heat for about 10-12 minutes or until the asparagus is slightly softened but still has a bit of a crunch. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • .While the asparagus is cooking, add the dry couscous to a medium saucepan. Pour over the boiling stock, cover with plastic wrap and put a lid on the top. Leave for about 10 minutes. Once cooked, fluff up the couscous with a fork.
  • Return your skillet with the asparagus to a medium heat. Add the couscous, chickpeas and parsley. Give a good stir and season with salt. Remove from heat after a couple of minutes. Good to serve straight away or can keep and even be served and enjoyed cold.

*A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are estimates only.


This asparagus I used is quite thin. If you are using a thicker asparagus in this recipe, you will need to cook it for a bit longer.
Nutrition Facts
Sauteed Wild Asparaus with Couscous
Amount Per Serving (4 servings)
Calories 270 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 409mg18%
Potassium 161mg5%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 363IU7%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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By on April 1st, 2016
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