Appetizer/ Recipe/ Side Dish

Couscous Cheddar Cakes

April 29, 2017 (Last Updated: June 26, 2019)

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Couscous Cheddar Cakes are perfect with a salad or eaten by themselves.

Couscous Cheddar Cakes topped with a dressing on a white plate with a salad.

These couscous cheddar cakes are hard to resist. They’ve got a great crunchy crust and a soft, cheesy center. I love to eat them with a salad, almost like a giant crouton.

But these couscous cheddar cakes are also great to just nibble on as an appetizer.

What is couscous?

Couscous is a type of pasta made with semolina flour. There are three main types of couscous. This recipes uses Moroccan couscous.

  • Moroccan – this is the smallest of couscous and the most common found in the stores
  • Israeli – a larger couscous. Also called pearl couscous
  • Lebanese – the largest sized couscous


Crispy couscous cakes served on a plate.

Salad season is almost here. Okay, I guess we can eat salads all year long, but I tend to really get into a regular salad routine when the weather turns warm. That hasn’t happened here yet, but I’m getting ready!

I know that warm weather has to be just around the corner….I hope anyway!

What ingredients do I need?

  • cooked couscous
  • cheese
  • egg
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh chives
  • olive oil

Mounds of couscous on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Can I make couscous cheddar cakes ahead of time?

These cakes can be made ahead of time, refrigerated and then cooked just before you need them. But the real beauty is they can be eaten hot, or cooled. I like them cooled when I eat them with a salad. A little warning…they tend to disappear while they are cooling!

They are truly hard to resist not eating just one! Okay, maybe that’s just me!

Do I have to use cheddar cheese?

I used cheddar cheese in this recipe, but you could also substitute other types of cheeses. These would be delicious with Parmesan cheese, Monterey Jack cheese or Gouda cheese.

Couscous  patties on parchment paper.

If you are looking for other great recipes using couscous try this Mediterranean Couscous Salad and this Pearl Couscous Salad. Both are delicious!

Don’t forget to PIN for later! A salad plate with a stack of couscous cakes.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below or snap a picture and tag me on Instagram #beyondthechickencoop

5 from 5 votes
Crispy couscous cheddar cakes are delicious eaten with a salad or as an appetizer.
Couscous Cheddar Cakes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Couscous made into crispy cheddar cakes. 

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: couscous cakes, couscous cakes with cheddar
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 212 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1 cup cooked couscous cooled
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh chives chopped
  • 2 whole eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  1. In a bowl combine couscous, salt, pepper, chives and eggs. 

  2. Fold in cheddar cheese. 

  3. Form couscous mixture into patties.

  4. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan. Place half of the  couscous patties in hot pan. 

  5.  Cook 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown. 

  6. Remove from heat and repeat with remaining patties. 

Recipe Notes

To form patties, I like to use a scoop and place on a lined baking sheet. Flatten cakes with your hands or the bottom of a flat glass. 

Can be eaten with a salad or as an appetizer with a blue cheese dressing or ranch dip. 

Nutrition Facts
Couscous Cheddar Cakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 212
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Reply
    Pamela @BrooklynFarmGirl
    May 5, 2017 at 1:56 am

    These look so irresistible and delicious 🙂

    • Reply
      May 5, 2017 at 4:48 am

      Yep…they are!

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    May 4, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    I have never heard of couscous cakes. Wow. SO glad I dropped by. These look amazing and crunchy and I’d love to have some alongside a salad as you suggested. I can imagine they disappear fast. Guessing your household is very busy about now with school nearing an end and all the extra responsibilities you must have. Hope all is well!

  • Reply
    May 4, 2017 at 3:07 am

    I love to make this kind of cakes, I have made similar with millet, oats, quinoa, bulgur but never with couscous. I will keep this in mind, they look wonderful.

    • Reply
      May 4, 2017 at 4:53 am

      I think it would be great with so many different types of grains.

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    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    May 2, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Couscous cake? Wow! This is such a brilliant idea, Kathy. I can eat them without anything. I will surely try them. Yummy.

    • Reply
      May 4, 2017 at 4:55 am

      They are delicious all by themselves or with a dip. Thanks!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
    May 2, 2017 at 10:59 am

    These looks so tasty!

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    stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    May 2, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I really kick up the salad game when the weather starts to warm up to. I think my body wants to instinctually shed the hibernation pounds, lol. This salad is a great transition salad, those couscous cheddar cakes seal the deal! Take care.

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    May 1, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    I’ve never thought about making couscous into ‘cakes’ – what a wonderful idea! They would be awesome for breakfast too, with a fried egg on top.

    • Reply
      May 1, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      I like the idea of having them for breakfast! 🙂 I will need to try that!

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    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    May 1, 2017 at 7:27 am

    These look so tasty Kathy!! I’ve never made couscous cakes but am going to start ASAP! Yummy in my tummy 😉

    • Reply
      May 1, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      You’d better get cooking right now! You don’t want to waste another minute!

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    May 1, 2017 at 7:10 am

    These will be very popular at my house! I can see the crunch and imagine the great taste! I can’t wait!

    • Reply
      May 1, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      Yep! They do taste great and are very popular!

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    David @ Spiced
    May 1, 2017 at 6:06 am

    What a fun idea, Kathy! I love adding a bit of a crunch to salad, and these couscous cakes sound perfect. Plus, cheese makes everything better! 🙂 Hope you guys had a great weekend!

    • Reply
      May 1, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      A little cheese just never hurt anything. In fact…it usually adds a whole lot of flavor!

  • Reply
    May 1, 2017 at 3:18 am

    These look great!

    • Reply
      May 1, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks, Suzi!

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    April 30, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    OMG these look so incredible to me at this moment!!!! I hear you about salads and warm weather. In the winter sometimes they just feel wrong, I just want roasted root veggies instead!

    • Reply
      May 1, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      I totally agree!

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    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    April 30, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Well I just LOVE these! Such a clever idea – and perfect for salad season (yay salad season!)

    • Reply
      May 1, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks there is a salad season! 🙂

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    April 30, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Oh I love couscous, but I’ve never made them into patties or cakes before! Genius!! And I adore that you served them with a salad and used them as giant crouton!!! This is too perfect! Cheers, friend!

    • Reply
      May 1, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks, Cheyanne!

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    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    April 30, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Oh yum! I love these kind of cakes! Paired with a salad they are the perfect lunch option!

    • Reply
      May 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      Perfect for lunch…or a light dinner!

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    April 30, 2017 at 8:35 am

    These look so good, Kathy! I could understand why they disappear quickly 🙂 Love that they can be made ahead of time; perfect for busy weeknights. I could make a batch and way to go! Great idea serving with a salad too!

    • Reply
      May 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      Eating them with a salad is my favorite way to eat them.

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    April 30, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Totally trying these Kathy. I make a risotto cake that is very similar, but I’d love to try with couscous!

    • Reply
      May 1, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Risotto would be delicious too. The couscous has a slightly different texture and taste.

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    April 29, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Yum. Looks good. I don’t usually keep couscous on hand. It looks like it might work with quinoa. I might give that a try.

    • Reply
      April 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      My sister also thought quinoa would work in place of the couscous! I want to try it too!

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    April 29, 2017 at 5:58 am

    Yumm, I like the patties with the ‘goop’ on top (must be salad dressing)! These patties look versatile- I can picture them served with some lamb chops!

    • Reply
      April 29, 2017 at 9:46 am

      Yep….salad dressing. I think these would be great with just about any main dish!

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