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Spiced Lamb Chops
with Harissa fried leftover couscous

Active: 35 minTotal: 35 min
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A delicious adventure for your taste buds awaits with succulent lamb chops seasoned with thyme, cumin, coriander, and red pepper flakes served with harissa fried couscous on the side. You'll be shocked how much flavor can come from a few simple ingredients. A variation of this Middle Eastern inspired dinner was first featured in 2016.
Smarts:Leftover couscous from Monday's dinner helps this meal come together quickly.



Spiced Lamb Chops:
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Thyme, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander, ground - 1/2 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/4 tsp
  • Lamb chops, bone-in loin or rib - 4 (sub pork chops or your favorite cut of steak)
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
Harissa Fried Couscous:
  • Onions, medium and red - 1, diced
  • Sun-dried tomatoes in oil - 8, chopped
  • Broccoli, baby - 12 oz, chopped into 2" / 5 cm segments (sub regular broccoli)
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Olives, pitted Kalmata - 2 oz, sliced
  • Cilantro - 2 Tbsp, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Harissa paste - 1 Tbsp (sub tomato paste with a few drops of hot sauce)
  • Cooked Couscous (leftover from Monday) - ~2 cups
  • Lemon juice - 2 Tbsp

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Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Make spice mix - Combine salt, black pepper, thyme, cumin, coriander, and red pepper flakes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Onions / Sun-dried tomatoes / Broccoli / Garlic / Olives - Prep as directed. Store onions and sun-dried tomatoes together. Store other ingredients separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Season lamb - Rub lamb chops on all sides with spice mix. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Cilantro - Chop cilantro.


  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil (portion for lamb) and then lamb chops. Sear on all sides until golden brown and cooked to your liking (130F / 54C degrees for medium-rare, 140F / 60C for medium, and 150F / 66C degrees for well-done).
  2. Let lamb rest, covered, while preparing couscous.
  3. Return skillet to heat.
  4. To heated skillet add oil (portion for couscous) and then onions, harissa paste, and sun-dried tomatoes. Saute for ~2 minutes, until fragrant.
  5. Add baby broccoli and saute until cooked to your liking, 2 to 4 minutes.
  6. Stir in garlic and leftover couscous. Cook until couscous is warmed through.
  7. Finish couscous with olives, cilantro, and lemon juice. Season with some salt and pepper.
  8. Enjoy lamb with couscous on the side.

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This meal has 24 reviews

Amazing. The rice was so different from anything else I've had, really good!

By: Jennifer
Posted: Dec 09, 2018
Diet: Gluten-free

Loved the couscous with the vegetables. Lamb chops we're tasty too. Need to find harissa paste

By: Liz
Posted: Nov 28, 2018
Diet: Original

This was so good! I used steak because my store didn't have lamb chops, and ended up slicing the steak and serving it over the couscous like a grain bowl. I don't have couscous that often, but every time it's on the Cooksmarts menu I'm surprised at how much I like it - this is one I'll definitely make again!

By: Melissa
Posted: Nov 28, 2018
Diet: Original

I served the broccolini on the side but did everything else as written except for using a splash of wine to deglaze the pan and I chopped up the cilantro stems in the fried couscous.

By: Robert
Posted: Nov 26, 2018
Diet: Original

Good spices. Put leftover veggies and goat cheese on an extra pizza crust. Great white pizza!

By: Sundi
Posted: Nov 25, 2018
Diet: Paleo

The harrisa fried couscous was delicious! Great flavors. Would have loved a sauce made from the pan drippings to go with the lamb chops. Would have put this over the top.

By: Daniel
Posted: Nov 23, 2018
Diet: Original