Soy Ginger Fried Couscous

Soy Ginger Fried Couscous - A healthier spin on your favorite Chinese takeout fried rice!

Daniel and I are pretty calm people, on the whole, and we love each other very much.  So if we ever split up, I think it’d be fair to say it’s one person’s fault: Alex Trebek.

Soy Ginger Fried Couscous - A healthier spin on your favorite Chinese takeout fried rice!

Come 7:30 every night, there’s a marked difference in our house. Jeopardy starts. I bet the neighbors could tell you more about it than we could, because the two of us get so embroiled in the game that the outside world could honestly be blown to smithereens and we’d very likely still go on wailing, “What are THINGS THAT RHYME WITH SAILBOAT!!”

Daniel and I are competitive. We’ve thought seriously about getting a voice recorder so we can replay answers when we’re unclear on who chimed in first. But we’re also pretty certain that the voice recorder would be a pile of plastic parts next to the wall, two categories in.

Soy Ginger Fried Couscous - A healthier spin on your favorite Chinese takeout fried rice!

The problem I find is this: Daniel is brilliant. And please don’t tell him I said that. Just…it’ll ruin my game cred.

But it’s true. I’ve never met anyone so intelligent in every way. It’s one of my favorite things about him–until we’re playing Jeopardy. Once Alex starts reading those answers, Daniel is running categories and I’m rolling a snowball into a snowman of hatred.

Soy Ginger Fried Couscous - A healthier spin on your favorite Chinese takeout fried rice!

Dinner is usually the way we make up afterward. It’s probably the reason our love can withstand Jeopardy. When I win? The meal is that much better. Case in point: Soy Ginger Fried Couscous. It’s sweet; it’s salty. It’s got all of the flavor and toasty sesame warmth of traditional Chinese fried rice, but with a much more wholesome spin.


Soy Ginger Fried Couscous - A healthier spin on your favorite Chinese takeout fried rice!

Does this count as a Daily Double?

Soy Ginger Fried Couscous


  • 2/3 cup dry couscous
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil plus more for drizzling.
  • 1 bag organic broccoli slaw
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic minced


  • In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water to a boil. Add the couscous, stir, and cover. Turn off the heat and let the couscous stand until all of the water has been absorbed, about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside to let cool for 15 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce and brown sugar until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set it over medium heat. Add the eggs and cook, stirring with a spatula almost constantly, until the eggs are scrambled, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove to a small plate and wipe out the skillet. Raise the heat to medium-high, add the sesame oil, and swirl to coat. Add the broccoli slaw, ginger, and garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until slightly softened, about 4 minutes. Add the couscous and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. The pan will seem dry but you want the couscous to brown and get a little crispy.
  • Pour the soy sauce mixture into the pan and stir to coat the couscous and veggies. Drizzle with additional sesame oil. Return the scrambled eggs to the pan and mix well.


46 thoughts on “Soy Ginger Fried Couscous

  1. Halley

    Mr. C runs faster than me… I’ve considered taking a lasso with me just so I can beat him.
    You two are perfect for each other. Is he super smart at trivia or all things?

    Can’t wait to try this unique and tasty recipe!

  2. Johnny

    OK, I’m not really into any of the reality shows…really not at all..ask my wife, but I would tell the grim reaper he was just going to have to wait because my favorite reality show is on…”Our Daily Lives” featuring Andi and Daniel!!!! OH HOW MUCH FUN THAT WOULD BE!!!

    Great looking dish! :)

  3. Nikki

    What is it with game shows and dinner? I hate eating dinner with the TV on, but every once in a while I want to bring out tray tables and eat a heaping bowl of something yummy like this while shouting out the wrong answers to trivia questions. Just like you and Daniel, a match made in heaven.

  4. Caitlin @ The Caitie Experiment

    I so love this post, since last night, I actually presented my “How We Can Actually Score Our Jeopardy Matches” theory to Andrew in-between regular and double Jeopardy (it involves photocopies, sharpies, and a calculator). We’ve also instituted a new rule called “Top 5”, in which as soon as the FJ category is announced, we each pick 5 potential answers and if one of them is the actual answer (question?), that person gets double the points they wagered. In short, I’m just glad it’s not just us! :)

    And I can’t WAIT to make this; I love all things stir-fried and couscous!

  5. Melissa

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one to be this competitive when it comes to Jeopardy–but you’re so lucky that you’ve found someone who “gets” this obsession. That’s an important foundation to build on!

    Love the simplicity of this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Riss

    I couldn’t help but smile throughout this entire post. You are too precious, Andie! I just love how you weave stories through your recipes… and how you can make something so simple look so amazing!

  7. Krystina (Organically Me)

    Hahaha, you guys sound like me when I play Jeopardy. Except I try to say the answer (question?) as loud as humanly possible, so that if I’m wrong and someone else is right, I can play the “I didn’t hear you” card

  8. Gina

    Uh oh…if Daniel a Boston sports fan, we will definitely need to introduce the boys…since Mickey is, ya know…#1 Boston sports fan!!!

  9. Heidi C

    Hilarious post, Andie! My husband and I are so competitive with each other. Not with Jeopardy (I know he would kick my butt, which, like you, results in burnt toast for dinner), but mostly board games.

    You perfectly described how it feels: “I’m rolling a snowball into a snowman of hatred.” I know it’s irrational, but I can’t help it! I’m not a good loser. :)

  10. Leah @ Why Deprive?

    First of all, this looks delicious.
    Second, I used to play Trivial Pursuit all the time with my ex boyfriend. The rule was that he had to lose because I HATED when he beat me. He also wasnt allowed to ask me questions I wouldnt know the answer to. :)

  11. Clarissa @ Sober and the City

    Very cool idea to use cous cous instead of rice! I love trivia, but I know Leo is smarter than me when it comes to current events. We are also ultra-competitive and can’t even play a certain card game or he will literally not hate me for the next 24 hours. We used to play Jeopardy on the PS3 though, FUN!

  12. Cortney @ Nerd on the Run

    I think I love Jeopardy as much as you guys do! I think I’ve been playing/watching it since about 3rd grade with my grandparents and have always wanted to try out for it. I don’t have anyone to play with at home b/c the dog is no fun but I totally yell out answers at the tv. Stupid Eastern WA tv has it come on at 7pm instead of the 7:30 that I was sued to growing up. Now I have to hurry up with whatever I’m doing to make the 7pm slot. Who like Wheel of Fortune anyway? That game is for wimps!
    This couscous looks yummy! Thanks for sharing! :)

  13. Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy & Healthy

    OMG. We must do a doubles tournament some day.
    Except I fear none of us would come out alive as Brandon and I, God forbid, should ever split up, it would most likely be due to a heated match of Jeopardy, Trivial Persuit or last but not least, Apples to Apples.
    Competition is healthy though, I say. And it’s good to not talk to eachother for a few hours…right..?

  14. Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    From this post alone, I have decided that you and Daniel are adorable. Jeapordy nights?! I mean seriously–adorable. lol Love the idea of fried couscous! Such an innovative way to use it!

  15. Nelly Rodriguez

    Loved this post! Definitely made me smile and so happy you have that love, that one person you can win over with food ;) Always good. Now…the recorder idea? Might be use a teeny tiny…little itty bit….crazy? hahaha!

  16. Megan @ On the Road Again

    I laughed out loud at the Mozart to gangsta rap line. My husband and I do the same thing when the clock strikes 7:30. We don’t have cable, so Jeopardy is our main entertainment every evening. We wouldn’t miss it for the world.

  17. Bee

    You’re brilliant. I’m loving things with ginger these days. I’ve never made couscous myself, but this might convince me to! :)

  18. Sarah Wendell

    I’be been following your blog for awhile now and I feel like this is the time to comment-you’re precious and I enjoy your stories and recipes. I’m glad to know that me and my boyfriend aren’t the only ones that go crazy time over Jeopardy-don’t get me started on Cash Cab! I also need to thank you for my new addiction: wrapping anything in won-ton or egg roll wrappers and baking it. I mean anything, just so ya know…peanut butter gets way to soggy (PB&J rolls seemed like such a good idea at the time). Thanks again!!

  19. AndreaSomething

    I love it! My boo and I are the same way (I used to think I was smart…then I started playing jeopardy with him)

    I love that I have all of these ingredients in my kitchen right now – looks DELICIOUS!

  20. elle

    Tried this recipe tonight…even better than I’d thought it’d be. i used wheatberries b/c I didn’t have cous cous and was fantastic.

  21. Amelia

    Hi! I love your blog!

    I made this recipe last night and it was delicious. I totally needed to top it with scallions but didn’t have any. I used whole wheat cous cous.

    Do you have the nutritional information? I logged it into Myfitnesspal (calorie counting site) and I’d like to compare my numbers with yours.


  22. Courtney

    I stumbled across your site via Pinterest! I saw this recipe and decided to try it tonight, even though I didn’t have some of the ingredients. I didn’t have the fresh ginger and garlic, so I used the powdered stuff and I didn’t have the broccoli slaw, so I used just onion instead. Ohmygawd! It was so good, that I had to post a comment. Thank you for sharing your recipes and most of all your insipring story.

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  24. Jen

    Great idea to use the couscous. Made this tonight, and it was so tasty, especially with a sprinkling of chopped cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

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  26. Sarah

    Thanks for this great recipe! So simple and totally hit the spot on this hot summer night! I can see why it is like magic in your house! :) I think my husband and I will fight over the leftovers, though.

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