Appetizer/ Side Dish

Couscous Cheddar Cakes

April 29, 2017 (Last Updated: March 28, 2020)

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Couscous Cheddar Cakes are perfect with a salad or eaten by themselves. These delicious couscous patties are a prefect way to use up leftover couscous.

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.

Forming the patties

First use a small scoop to form a uniform ball.  Next flatten balls gently with your hands or with the bottom of a flat glass. I place the patties on a parchment lined baking sheet. It makes it easy to remove each patty when ready to cook. 


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

Can I make 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 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! Couscous patties on a plate next to a green salad.

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Three couscous patties covered with a drizzle of a white dressing.

Couscous Cheddar Cakes

Couscous made into crispy cheddar cakes. 
4.89 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 15 Patties
Calories 35 kcal


  • 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


  • In a bowl combine couscous, salt, pepper, chives and eggs. 
  • Fold in cheddar cheese. 
  • Form couscous mixture into patties.
  • Heat olive oil in a large saute pan. Place half of the  couscous patties in hot pan. 
  •  Cook 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown. 
  • Remove from heat and repeat with remaining patties. 


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. 


Serving: 1PattyCalories: 35kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 63mgPotassium: 10mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 46IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg
Keyword almonds, couscous cakes, couscous cakes with cheddar, couscous patties
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.


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  • Reply
    October 30, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    5 stars
    Great idea! We enjoy couscous but our toddler has a difficult time with the small size. It’s a big mess. What a fun and yummy way to make couscous! Going to try freezing so I can have some on hand.

    I wanted to give this 5 stars but the last star wouldn’t fill in.

    • Reply
      October 31, 2019 at 4:48 am

      Thanks, Heather! I hope you enjoy!

  • 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!

  • Reply
    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!

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    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.

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      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!

  • Reply
    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.

  • Reply
    May 1, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    5 stars
    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!

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

    5 stars
    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

    5 stars
    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!

    • Reply
      April 30, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      4 stars
      This recipe is great! Reminds me a little bit of risotto cakes. However, I have a question… when you say 1 cup of couscous are you talking about 1 cup before or after cooking? Thank you!

      • Reply
        May 1, 2020 at 6:01 am

        The recipes uses cooked couscous – so you will need 1 cup of already cooked and cooled couscous. 🙂

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