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Bacon and Asparagus Fried Couscous

This bacon and asparagus fried couscous is pan fried in bacon fat for a delicious spin on fried rice.

Let’s talk about things that don’t go together so well:

Jager shots and daylight savings time.

Fried couscous with bacon and asparagus

Side note: why do we even DO daylight savings time still? Can we all just agree that needs to end?

Falling back is great but springing forward leaves me stabby and legitimately pissed off about losing an hour of sleep. Don’t mess with my damn sleep!

I haven’t had kids for this very reason but here’s the government ripping away one of my precious hours because we’re accommodating for all those farmer children out there.

Um, hi it’s not 1925.

Not that Jager shots are an acceptable alcoholic choice any time at almost 32, but the night you lose an hour of sleep is pretty much one of the worst times one can pick.

Three times over nonetheless.

This bacon and asparagus fried couscous is pan fried in bacon fat for a delicious spin on fried rice.

Not surprisingly, I woke up in a fog yesterday morning craving a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich from a deli (homemade ones never quite taste the same).

But, since it probably wasn’t a good idea for me to get in a car to make that happen, I decided on asparagus fried rice with some bacon instead.

Really, it was just the bacon grease I was after anyway.

Mmm, bacon.

Put an egg on top of this bacon asparagus fried couscous and call it an easy spring meal!

If you like fried rice (and um, who doesn’t?) you’re gonna want to try this.

Simple Israeli couscous (basically, pasta) gets pan fried in bacon grease until it starts to get crispy and golden.

And since it’s tossed with asparagus, the bacon doesn’t count. You could use the same logic for enjoying these air fried bacon wrapped asparagus bundles.

Isn’t that how food math works? Veg cancel out fat.

It’s a thing, trust me.

It’s pretty much springtime comfort food, an easy side dish or even meal with that fried egg on top and hungover or not, delicious as heck.


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Bacon and Asparagus Fried Couscous

This quick and simple bacon and asparagus fried couscous is pan fried in bacon fat for a delicious spin on fried rice.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings


  • 1 cup Israeli couscous
  • 4 slices bacon chopped
  • 1 cup chopped asparagus about 4-5 stalks
  • 1 green onion chopped


  • Add the chopped bacon to a large skillet over medium heat and cook until crispy.
  • Meanwhile, bring a medium sauce pan filled with water to a boil. Once boiling, add the couscous and cook for 4-5 minutes until al dente.
  • Once the bacon has cooked, add the chopped asparagus and cook for about 1 minute.
  • Drain the couscous and add it to the pan with the bacon and asparagus. Toss the couscous mixture to fully coat with the bacon grease. Cook, stirring often with a spatula for another 3-5 minutes until the couscous starts to “toast” and turn golden brown.
  • Garnish with the green onion and serve with a fried egg (or two) if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1SERVING | Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 302mg | Potassium: 381mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 583IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 3mg

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Cuisine American
Course Main Dishes
Keyword asparagus fried couscous, bacon and asparagus fried couscous, fried couscous

Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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Laura @MotherWouldKnow

Wednesday 4th of March 2015

I love cous cous (regular and Israeli, the latter really a form of pasta) but I never thought to fry it - genius!

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Friday 14th of March 2014

A very nice recipe and I know it will be so tasty. Thank you and have a Great Weekend!

nicole @ I am a Honey Bee

Thursday 13th of March 2014

ooo fun change up from the typical fried rice. yum!!