Now that you’re an expert on the background of the grain, couscous, let’s get cooking! Just like pasta, you can add almost any ingredient and spice, or none at all, to couscous and it will taste great.
How to Cook
Couscous can be made three ways. Keep in mind the basic ratio: For every 1 cup of couscous you’ll need 1 1/2 cup of liquid (water, broth, or stock).
- For the microwave: Purchase the microwave style of couscous, like the Near East brand, at your local grocery store and follow their directions.
- For the countertop method: Place couscous in a heat proof bowl and add proportionate amount of very hot/boiling water. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 5 minutes. Remove plastic wrap and fluff with fork.
- For the stove top method watch this video from Real Simple: How to Cook Couscous Video and Steps.
Depending on your time frame and expertise here are five couscous recipes for you to try. I included a level of 1-5 based on much time you will need to create this dish, 1 being the least amount. Prepare your couscous in whichever style is convenient (micro, counter or stove). Then add your seasoning and extra toppings. Enjoy!
- Curried Couscous | Level 1
- Quick Moroccan Vegetable Couscous | Level 2
- Sun-dried Tomato and Sausage Couscous | Level 3
- Shrimp and Pesto Couscous | Level 4
- Couscous and Feta-Stuffed Peppers | Level 5
Do you have a suggestion for couscous? Comment below with your ideas or favorite recipes!