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How to Cook Couscous - Israeli (Pearl) or Instant

Learn How to Cook Israeli and Instant Couscous on the stovetop in less than 20 minutes.  These tiny, pasta-like balls of semolina wheat flour are so quick and easy to make.  It adds a wonderful texture to salads and is a great side dish to serve with hearty stews.

Course Dinner, lunch, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 107 kcal
Author London

Ingredients

Pearl (Israeli) Couscous

  • 1 ½ cups water or broth
  • 1 cup pearl couscous or Israeli couscous
  • Butter or oil optional
  • Salt to taste

Instant Couscous

  • 1 ¾ cup water or broth
  • 1 ½ cups instant couscous
  • Butter or oil optional
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

Israeli (Pearl) Couscous:

  1. Add water or broth to a medium-sized pot. Bring liquid to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer.
  2. Stir in Israeli couscous, salt and butter. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Turn off heat and let sit for 5 minutes, or until it reaches your desired tenderness.

Instant Couscous:

  1. Add water or broth to a medium-sized pot and bring liquid to a boil.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in instant couscous, butter or oil, and salt.
  3. Cover and let steam for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove lid and fluff up couscous with a fork.

Recipe Notes

  • Nutrition facts are calculated for 1/2 cup of cooked Israeli couscous without butter or salt.
  • 1 cup of dried Israeli (Pearl) couscous will yield ~3 cups of cooked.
  • 1 cup of dried Instant couscous will yield a little more than 2 cups cooked.
Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Couscous - Israeli (Pearl) or Instant
Amount Per Serving
Calories 107 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 47mg1%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.