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Basic Couscous

User Rating 4 Star Rating (7 Reviews)


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This couscous recipe is very basic. Couscous goes with just about any main course, especially chicken. You will find couscous more often in North African cuisine. Most couscous sold in grocery stores has already been pre-steamed, so preparation is vey simple!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cup couscous
  • 2 3/4 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add salt and stir. Add couscous and remove from heat and allow to sit for about 5 minutes.

Couscous should be light and fluffy, not gummy. Be sure to allow the couscous to absorb the water.

VariationPrepare couscous with chicken broth instead of water. It really makes for a nice flavor.
User Reviews

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 1 out of 5
Way too much water in this recipe, Member Ennazus33

I tried this recipe and there was so much water in it that I had to pour 1/2 cup out. The cous cous was also was fully cooked after 5 minutes per the recipe instructions. I checked out other Cous cous recipes online and the water to cous cous ratio was much lower, and the sit time was longer: 10-15 minutes. Not sure why this happened.

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