Moroccan Fish Cousotto Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4 - 6


  • 1 1/2 pounds (750 g) swordfish fillets, cut into 1 1/4-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 red onions, sliced into thin rings
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 3 tablespoons salted, roasted cashew nuts
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into thick rings
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced into thick rings
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced into thick rings
  • 4 fresh, firm, ripe tomatoes, blanched, peeled, seeded, and sliced into thick rounds
  • 1 1/2 cups fish or vegetable stock, or 3/4 cup fortified wine (such as sweet sherry or Madeira) mixed with 3/4 cup water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • Couscous:
  • 2 cups quick-cooking couscous
  • 2 cups vegetable stock or water, boiling
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
How to cook Moroccan Fish Cousotto:
  • Heat half the oil in a large heavy-based skillet and saute half the onions on medium to high heat for 6 to 8 minutes, or until very dark golden, stirring all the time. using a slotted spoon, remove the fried onions from the oil, place them on paper towels, and set aside. Fry the raisins in the same hot oil until they plump. Remove with the slotted spoon and add to the fried onions. Fry the cashews for about 1 minute. Remove and add to the raisin-and-onion mix.
  • Add the remaining oil to the skillet and fry the other half of the onions until golden. Add the bell peppers and continue cooking for about 10 minutes, or until the peppers are soft. Add the tomatoes and the stock, partially cover, and cook for about 10 minutes on medium to low heat.
  • Stir the fish through the onion and pepper mixture. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Continue simmering for 10 minutes, or until the fish is tender. Do not forget to stir periodically to prevent sticking.
  • To make the couscous, place the couscous grains in a large, deep dish with a lid. Pour in the boiling stock and stir in the butter and salt. Cover and set aside to keep warm for about 15 minutes so the couscous can absorb the liquid and swell up.
  • Carefully pour the fish mixture over the couscous and gently fold it through to mix thoroughly into a colorful presentation. Sprinkle with the onion rings, raisins, cashew nuts, and the parsley.
  • Serve the Moroccan Fish Cousotto hot immediately.


The Moroccan Fish Cousotto recipe very easy to prepare and so good!


This is virtually a fish risotto, which substitutes couscous for rice with a few modifications, since couscous takes a shorter time to cook.

This recipe for Moroccan Fish Cousotto serves/makes: 4 - 6

The Moroccan Fish Cousotto recipe is adopted from A Taste of Africa: Traditional and Modern African Cooking by Dorinda Hafner

Main Ingredient: Swordfish (more Swordfish recipes)
Preparation Method: Poached/Simmered (more Poached/Simmered recipes)
Cuisine: African (more African recipes)

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