Next time you need a last-minute starch to round out your dinner plate, consider cooking couscous.

By Real Simple Editors
Updated July 10, 2019
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Couscous is one of the tastiest side dishes around and one of the easiest to prepare in a hurry. Whether you're learning how to prepare couscous for a yummy side paired with mini burgers or a making couscous for protein-packed salad to bring to work for lunch, knowing how to cook the food will prove fruitful in the kitchen for many versatile dishes. Watch our video demonstration to see how to make the tasty grain, and then try some of our most loved basic couscous recipes, like this couscous with apricot vinaigrette and Moroccan couscous salad.

What You Need

  • saucepan, couscous, olive oil or butter, salt, water, dinner fork, wooden spoon

Follow These Steps

  1. Boil water
    For each cup of dry couscous, use 1½ cups of water. Bring to boil in saucepan.
  2. Add salt and oil or butter
    Add ½ tsp. salt to the water and a little olive oil or butter if desired to add moisture.
  3. Add couscous and let steam
    Pour 1 cup couscous into boiling water, stir once with a spoon, cover with a lid, and remove from heat. Let the couscous steam for five minutes.
  4. Fluff with a fork
    Couscous grains tend to bind together in the cooking process, so fluff the grains with a fork. Before serving, stir in any flavorful extras like lemon zest or chopped scallions.