how to cook couscous
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5 from 2 votes

How to cook instant couscous

Couscous is probably the fastest and easiest of all grains to cook. If you can boil water, you can cook couscous! That is all there is to it. Serve with a hearty tagine stew or any curry of your choice for a complete meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Accompaniment
Cuisine: African, Middle Eastern, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: couscous, easy meal ideas, no-cook recipes
Servings: 3
Calories: 147kcal


  • 1 cup instant couscous
  • 1.5 cups water or use stock
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Bring water to boil in a kettle or pot.
  • Place the instant couscous in a serving bowl or another pot.
  • Sprinkle salt over couscous and lightly mix with fingers.
  • Add boiled water (or stocover the couscous. Cover and let it stand for 5-10 minutes.
  • Open and fluff with a fork.
  • Couscous is ready to be served.


  • Do not boil or stir instant couscous as it would result in a starchy and sticky mush.
  • Nutritional Information is the approximate information for 1 of 3 servings.
  • Since it is so easy and quick to cook couscous, I wouldn't suggest making more than what you need but leftovers will keep well in the fridge for a day or max 2. 


Serving: 130g | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 30.1g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 0.3g | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 0.1g