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How to Cook Couscous

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!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword how to cook couscous
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 144 kcal
Author Anna


  • 1.25 cups water
  • 1 cup couscous Instant kind
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil


Stovetop method:

  1. Pour water into a pot with lid. Bring to boil. Remove from heat.
  2. Add salt, olive oil and couscous. Stir. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir with a fork to fluff.

Microwave method:

  1. Pour water into microwave-safe dish (bowl or large glass cup) and microwave for 4 to 5 minutes or until boiling.
  2. Add salt, olive oil and couscous. Stir a few times.
  3. Cover the bowl with inverted plate and let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Fluff with fork.
Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Couscous
Amount Per Serving
Calories 144 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 239mg10%
Potassium 57mg2%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.