How to Cook Couscous on the stovetop and in a microwave in just minutes! Perfectly fluffy and ready to serve couscous can be used in a variety of dishes!
Couscous is made from semolina and mixed with hot water it absorbs it and turns into tiny pasta. It is a popular staple in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and North African cuisines. It is prepared in a similar way to rice and can be used in the same dishes. There are three types of couscous: Moroccan (the most common one in stores), Pearl (also called Israeli couscous, much bigger in size) and whole wheat (the healthiest option).
Cooking couscous is very simple. You can make it in a pot on the stovetop or in a bowl in a microwave. You will need water, couscous, salt and olive oil. Fluffy couscous is perfect in salads, soups or as a side dish. It's great served with seafood, grilled vegetables or chicken. Add it to chicken soup in place of noodles or rice.
The Stovetop Method
Pour 1.25 cups of water to a pot. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn off the heat, add couscous, salt and olive oil. Stir an cover. Let sit for about 5 minutes. Then fluff with fork.
The Microwave Method
Pour 1.25 cups of water into microwave safe bowl and microwave until boiling. Add couscous, salt and oil, stir and cover with an inverted plate. Let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork.
After 5 minutes, couscous is done and all you need to do is fluff it with a fork.
You can flavor couscous depending on what dish you want to use it.
- If you are serving it in a salad, keep it plain since the dressing will be adding most of the flavor.
- If using as a light side dish to seafood, add lemon zest and herbs.
- in salads, like my Mediterranean couscous salad or pair with grilled or roasted vegetables for a light and healthy meal;
- as a side dish to seafood (like my Parmesan Crusted Salmon)
- in soups (instead of rice in Instant Pot Chicken and Rice soup)
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How to Cook Couscous
- 1.25 cups water
- 1 cup couscous Instant kind
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Pour water into a pot with lid. Bring to boil. Remove from heat.
- Add salt, olive oil and couscous. Stir. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Stir with a fork to fluff.
- Pour water into microwave-safe dish (bowl or large glass cup) and microwave for 4 to 5 minutes or until boiling.
- Add salt, olive oil and couscous. Stir a few times.
- Cover the bowl with inverted plate and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Fluff with fork.