Basic Couscous

Couscous is produced from cracked durum wheat that has been steamed and allowed to dry. It has a pellet like appearance and it is able to absorb the flavors of the other ingredients that are added to it. Couscous expands to become a light and fluffy mass when cooked. Couscous that is produced from refined durum wheat is yellow in color and has a mild flavor, while whole durum wheat couscous has a tan or buff color and a more pronounced flavor.

Basic Couscous

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IngredientsBasic Couscous

  • 1½ cups of water.  For additional flavor you can substitute vegetable, beef or chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  •  Salt to taste
  • 1 cup of couscous


  1. A basic recipe of couscous is a very simple dish to prepare. To begin, simply pour 1½ cups of liquid into a medium sized saucepan. The liquid can be water or vegetable stock or meat stock. Using stock adds more flavor to the dish.
  2. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil and a pinch of salt to the liquid and bring it to a boil.
  3. Add 1 cup of couscous to the boiling liquid.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let it stand for about 6 minutes. Do not lift the lid until the required time has elapsed.
  5. Fluff the couscous with a fork and serve.

This recipe makes about 3 one-cup servings.

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