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How to cook couscous perfectly

An easy guide for how to cook couscous perfectly every time. It only takes 5 minutes to make this versatile, healthy side dish!
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Moroccan, North African
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 248kcal
Author: Becca Heyes


  • 500 ml (~ 2 cups) vegetable stock
  • 300 g (~ 1 1/2 cups) dried couscous


  • Make up the vegetable stock with freshly boiled water (or, if using a liquid stock, heat well in the microwave).
  • Combine the couscous and stock in a large bowl, and mix well with a fork. The couscous should be well-covered with stock, but if it seems like too much, you can always hold a bit of the liquid back, and add it later if needed.
  • Cover the bowl with a plate, and leave for about 4 minutes. Fluff up the couscous with a fork, and give it a taste. If there's still some excess liquid in the bowl, cover it again for a couple more minutes. Or, if the liquid has all been absorbed but the couscous still tastes a little firm, add a splash more water or stock, and then cover for another minute or two.
  • When the couscous is cooked and all the liquid has been absorbed, fluff it up again using a fork, and it's ready to serve. It can be eaten warm or cold.


Serving: 1portion | Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 51.1g | Protein: 8.5g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 3.2g | Sugar: 0g | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg