kaffir lime leaf

Kaffir Lime Ginger Couscous with Beef

One of my favorite ways to feel close to Thailand is through food. I like to team up my favorite at home eats with exotic flavors from the mother land. Kaffir lime leaves are explosively refreshing and are even more so when used with ginger (lemongrass too). Sliver a piece and the aroma will transport your kitchen; it’s that fragrant. You can find them at most Asian grocery stores, order them online or even buy your very own plant at places like Home Depot® (I have one!). If you can’t find any, I believe in these leaves so much that I will actually mail you a couple! Just email me: shelly@sheiswhatsheeats.com, seriously!

I love making couscous and brown rice blends when I have leftover meat. I used leftover grass-fed beef from last night’s dinner and literally made this recipe while on a conference call. That easy!


Serves 4-5

  • ½ bag (1 1/4 cup) Trader Joe’s® Harvest Grains Blend (Israeli Style Couscous, Orzo, Baby Garbanzo Beans, and Red Quinoa) Yum.
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 3/4 cups water or chicken broth
  • ¾ grass-fed beef, cut into ½" cubes (or chicken, shrimp, squid etc…)
  • 6-7 Fresh Kaffir Lime Leaves, cut into slivers
  • 1 ½ tsp fresh chopped ginger
  • 1 lime
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • ½ red bell pepper, finely chopping
  • ¼ scallions, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt and black pepper to taste


Chop veggies in tiny even pieces. Texture is everything.

Bring water/chicken broth to a boil, add butter and Harvest Grains Blend. Bring back to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 min. Remove from heat immediately. Place grains in large bowl.

While boiling couscous, saute (with 1 tbsp of olive oil) garlic, onions, peppers, celery and half of the scallions over medium heat until lightly brown. Throw veggies into the bowl of couscous.

Stir in rest of ingredients (including more olive oil), leftover protein (I used leftover steak or just grill up something quick with salt and pepper) and serve warm.

Get ready for a robust, fall-in-love with Kaffir Lime Leaf flavor. Khorb Khun Ka.