How To Cook Couscous

Couscous is super easy to make and an excellent base for so many different recipes. Once you learn how to make it, you’ll want to serve it up weekly – at least!


Plain Couscous:
• 2 1/2 cups water (or chicken broth)
• 1 tablespoon olive oil (or butter)
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 2 cups couscous


1️⃣ In a medium saucepan, bring water, salt, and olive oil to a boil over high heat.

2️⃣ Stir in couscous and cover the saucepan with a lid.

3️⃣ Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes.

4️⃣ Fluff couscous with a fork and serve hot.

Garlic and Olive Oil Couscous:
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in the saucepan and saute 1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic in the oil for 60-90 seconds before adding in water and bringing to a boil.


Parmesan Couscous:
Use 2 1/2 cups chicken broth instead of water and 1 tablespoon butter in place of olive oil. When fluffing cooked couscous with a fork, slowly sprinkle in 3/4 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese to disperse throughout the couscous.

Herbed Chicken Couscous:
Use 2 1/2 cups chicken broth instead of water. At the same time as the salt add in 1/2 teaspoon onion powder along with 1/4 teaspoon each of garlic powder, dried parsley, dried rosemary, and dried thyme, and 1/8 teaspoon dried sage.


Mediterranean Couscous:
At the same time as the salt, add in 1/2 teaspoon each of ground cumin, onion powder, and dried rosemary, along with 1/4 teaspoon each of dried oregano, garlic powder, ground turmeric, followed by a generous pinch of ground cinnamon.

If using Israeli Couscous (Pearl Couscous), increase the amount of water (or broth) used to 3 cups. This type of couscous needs to simmer for 10 minutes, uncovered, before covering and letting it sit for 5 minutes.

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