Chorizo and Sugar Snap Pea Giant Couscous

There’s something so incredibly versatile about couscous dishes – particularly giant couscous dishes. They can be warming and comforting, perfect for winter – or they can be bright, fresh and salad like, perfect for summer.

With this particular dish, I wanted something somewhere in the middle- light, yet satisfying. And that’s exactly what this dish is.

Why use giant cous cous?

There are two types of couscous. First, your standard tiny grained couscous and secondly giant couscous. Giant couscous is a particular textural delight – it provides a wonderful ‘bite’ that you don’t get with ordinary couscous. It takes slightly longer to cook (though as ordinary couscous takes just a couple of minutes, that’s not saying much), but it can really bring something different to dishes like this.

The flavour combination

In this recipe, I went with some bright Mediterranean flavours. Chorizo, olives, red pepper and feta naturally all go well together and the sugar snap peas bring a lovely crunch and sweetness. As the chorizo cooks, it’s beautiful, rich oils seep out and provide a sauce to tie everything together. Delightful!

If you need to chop and change ingredients, you can of course. However, I’d recommend sticking with chorizo if you can – nothing else would bring that flavour.

You could swap green olives for black. You could also exchange sugar snap peas for normal ones, and halloumi would work well in place of the feta. Just fry or grill it, then chop into bite size pieces and add it in at the end.

If you’re still looking for couscous recipes, these chicken skewers with giant couscous are delicious, and this recipe uses chorizo too but adds scallops for a touch of luxury.

You can eat this hot or cold, though I prefer it hot, and is wonderful for lunch the next day.

This will serve 3-4 and will take no more than 30 minutes to make.

Chorizo and Sugar Snap Pea Giant Couscous

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Harriet Young
A versatile, quick and easy couscous dish, perfect for week nights
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 300 g giant couscous
  • 150 g chorizo
  • 200 g sugar snap peas
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 bunch spring onions
  • 75 g green olives
  • 100 g feta


  • Gently fry the couscous in the oil in a large pan for a couple of minutes. Tip in 600ml water, and bring to the boil, stirring often. Cook until all of the water has been absorbed (approx 15 minutes), stirring so that it doesn't stick. When the water has been absorbed, try the couscous – if it's still a bit crunchy, add a little more water.
  • Meanwhile, slice the chorizo and place in a frying pan over a medium heat. Fry until golden on both sides, then add the whole sugar snap peas and chopped red pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Finely slice the spring onions, and chop the feta into chunks.
  • Finally, mix the couscous, chorizo mix, spring onions, feta and olives together well. It's ready!
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26 responses to “Chorizo and Sugar Snap Pea Giant Couscous”

  1. I love to harvest too. I have a very small place where I grow zucchini, jalapeΓ±o and bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and artichokes. Recently I just plated cantelup and acorn squash, hope they grow! It is very exciting to harvest. Unfotunately I don’t have the space to have animals, but I would love to! Good luck! Salad look yummy!

    1. We don’t have the space for animals either, the cow would have to live in the lounge πŸ™‚ it would be wonderful though!

  2. It’s a wonder that when food this great can be prepared so quickly, that we Brits still have an addiction to takeaways! Your meal looks beautiful and I don’t eat meat! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Sally for your kind words! This would be very tasty without the chorizo too πŸ™‚

  3. The recipe looks delicious. Good luck with your gardening! I have recently started a small garden at my house and it is so rewarding. I love going out to pick veggies for dinner. πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks Molly! I’m hoping to feature some home grown veggies in recipes soon πŸ™‚

      1. I will keep an eye out for those posts! ?

  4. Hi, this recipe caught my eye as we do love ‘giant’ couscous or as we call it in Australia, Pearl or Israeli Couscous. It’s more substantial than the normal small grains of couscous don’t you think? And chorizo makes anything taste good! Thanks for the idea. Mims

  5. Good luck growing your crops! We just moved to a place with a few things already planted and I am terrified I will kill them. Hopefully I will learn how to care for a garden properly. A cow would be easier for me to handle, at this point… Delicious looking recipe, too!

  6. Love love this! healthy simplicity!!!

  7. I love chorizo, this is such a clever idea! Your blog is so friendly and warm and you have been such a pleasure to follow. I’ve nominated you:

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  9. Looks yummy and delicious.. Perfect and healthy.. i need to try this out asap

  10. Oh my, this looks so delicious! I love cous cous!
    Rachel Coco

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  12. I fancy having a small holding too. We also do not have alot of space…. not even for chickens, but I hear that quails do not take up alot of room….. though you need quite a few quails eggs to make up a dish!

  13. Couscous is so delicious and perfect as a base for a dish!

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  15. 5 stars
    Such and easy and delicious dinner, it took me less than 30 minutes to throw together!! Thank you for sharing!

  16. 5 stars
    Great option for lunch. Can’t wait to try. Thanks!

  17. Carrie Robinson

    5 stars
    I just love how simple and easy to make this recipe is! πŸ™‚ I definitely do not cook with couscous enough.

  18. 5 stars
    This looks and sounds fabulous! Love this recipe.

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