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Basic Couscous Recipe

Here is a Basic Couscous Recipe.  Couscous is not a grain, it’s actually tiny pieces of pasta – a staple in North African cuisine.    It makes an excellent base for a salad, stew, curry or side dish.  It’s a blank canvas that can be flavoured any way you like.

The ratio of couscous to water is 1:1 (example: 1 cup couscous to 1 cup of water)

Basic Recipe for Couscous

Here’s a fool-proof way to make couscous:

Basic Couscous Recipe

Basic Couscous Recipe


1 cup couscous per 1 cup water


  1. Place 1 cup of couscous in a bowl and add 1 cup of boiling water.
  2. Cover the bowl and set a timer for 5 minutes.
  3. When the timer goes off, remove the cover and fluff couscous with a fork to separate the tiny pieces of couscous. It’s that simple!

Couscous Tips:

  • You can substitute water for a flavorful liquid, such as a chicken or vegetable stock.
  • To chill couscous for a salad, spread the cooked couscous on a plate and place in the fridge until cooled, about 5 minutes.
  • To add a toasty flavour, toast couscous in a pan over low heat before adding liquid.
  • For a quick salad, add chopped tomato, parsley, cucumber, onion and season with some lemon juice and olive oil.