Zesty Millet Couscous

The combination of lemon zest, mellow parsley and sweet pomegranate in a couscous creates a taste sensation in the mouth. And even better, these three ingredients are some of the most nutritious ways to flavour food.

If you love couscous, but struggle with eating wheat or gluten, then this version made from millet is going to be a staple in your household.

Millet is a gluten-free pseudo-grain (it is actually a seed), that has a wonderfully nutty flavour and is very gentle and comforting on the gut. It is rich in important minerals such as iron, calcium and zinc as well as some protein.

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Zesty Millet Couscous

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Lunch Boxes & Picnics, Salads, Side Dishes
Servings 4 people
Suitable for Special Diet (or adaptable) Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Low-sugar, Nut-free, Vegan, Vegetarian



  • Set a medium saucepan onto a high heat. Add the millet grain and toast for 5-10 minutes, stirring all the time, until the grains deepen in colour and crackle.
  • Add the water and good pinch of salt, bring to a simmer, and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, stir through the olive oil and let the millet sit for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork, and cool to room temperature.
  • Add the chopped flat leaf parsley, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate seeds and lemon zest. Stir and serve!


  • Make sure you measure the water carefully. Too much water will leave you with soggy millet, and not enough water may mean the grains don’t have enough water to absorb and remain too hard.
  • You can switch the millet to quinoa, buckwheat groats or cauliflower rice if you prefer.
  • This is delicious served with my Chicken and Apricot Tagine.
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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious, thank you. We have a couple of pomegranate trees so this recipe came just in time 😊. We thoroughly enjoyed it and it’s great for me as I can’t eat gluten but love couscous. Love how nutty the couscous turns out because of the toasting before adding the water. I shall definitely be making it again soon!!