How To Cook Couscous on the Stove

If you are looking for the best ways to cook couscous, you are in the right place. Today, together with me learn – how to cook couscous on the stove. You’ll also find a brief on the health benefits of couscous at the end.

1. How To Cook Couscous & FAQs

   What is Couscous?

Couscous is roughly-ground durum wheat (semolina) having tiny granule-like shape. They have a nutty taste and have a soft texture (in case of smaller varieties of couscous) or a bite-like texture (in case of larger couscous varieties).

There are 4 types of couscous available in the market:

  • Moroccan couscous (or instant couscous): It is the smallest in size. Since it’s precooked (steamed & dried before packaging), it only needs to be soaked before consumption.
  • Israeli Couscous (or pearl couscous): It needs to be simmered for 10 minutes and has a pasta-like flavor.
  • Whole wheat couscous: It’s a highly nutritious variety.
  • Lebanese Couscous (or Moghrabieh couscous): It needs to be boiled before adding to stews, meats, etc.

   What is the ratio of water to couscous?

If you want your couscous to become dry when used to make a salad or serve with a sauce. The ratio of water to couscous is 1: 1. However, if you want couscous to be soft and slightly sticky. The ratio of water to couscous is 1: 1.5

   Do you rinse couscous before cooking?

You don’t need to rinse couscous before cooking. Because this is not necessary

2. How to Cook Couscous on the Stove


  • 1 cup instant couscous
  • 1 cup of vegetable/chicken broth (or use filtered water)
  • 1-1.5 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil or butter (optional)
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt
  • A saucepan with a lid and a fork

   How long to cook couscous on the stove?

Instant Couscous doesn’t need to be cooked! Instead, it should be soaked for 10-15 minutes in a bowl of hot liquid of equal quantity.


Step 1: Fill the saucepan with a cup of vegetable/chicken broth and add the olive oil.

Step 2: Now, place the saucepan on the stove over high heat and let the liquid come to a boil. When the liquid starts bubbling, turn off the stove and remove the saucepan from the burner.

Step 3: Add the instant couscous (1 cup), season with salt, and stir it once. Cover the saucepan with a well-fitted lid and leave it undisturbed for 10 minutes.

Step 4: After 10 minutes has elapsed, uncover & check the couscous. It should have soaked up all the liquid and softened. If liquid remains and the couscous have a crisp texture, re-cover the saucepan for 5 more minutes.

Step 5: Lastly, uncover the lid, fluff up the couscous using a fork, and serve right away.

How To Cook Couscous

3. Health Benefits of Couscous

Couscous is packed with selenium which aids in curbing inflammation, repairing damaged cells, assist in thyroid gland functioning, and decrease bad cholesterol build-up on the artery veins. Additionally, couscous is a plant-based protein that can help strengthen the body’s immunity. 

Now, you know how to cook couscous easily on the stove and relish it as a side dish or enjoy it in a delicious salad!

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