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Perfect Couscous

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10 min


5 persons




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Author: Antonina Blum

Couscous is a North African dish made from tiny steamed balls of semolina flour. Though we think of it and cook it as a grain, couscous is actually a type of pasta. It’s one of the easiest, fastest, most versatile side dishes you can make. And it’s especially wonderful with stews or saucy main dishes. Depending on which brand you buy, you’ll find that there’s some variation on the suggested proportions of liquid to couscous.


  • low sodium chicken or vegetable broth: 1.75 cup (or water)
  • salt: 0.5 tsp
  • unsalted butter: 1 Tbsp
  • extra virgin olive oil: 1 Tbsp
  • couscous: 1.5 cup ((10 oz))

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Stages of cooking

  1. Ingredients.

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  2. To start, bring the cooking liquid (preferably a flavorful chicken or vegetable broth) to a boil in a medium pot. Add a drizzle of olive oil, a pad of butter, and a little salt.

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  3. Next, add the couscous. (I use 1-3/4 cups liquid to 1-1/2 cups couscous.)

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  4. Take the pan off the heat, cover, and let the couscous steam for 5 minutes.

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  5. When you lift the lid, the grains will appear flat in an even layer. Use a fork to fluff it up and break up the clumps for light and fluffy couscous.

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History of the Perfect Couscous:

Couscous has been a staple dish in North African cuisine for centuries. Originating from Berber cuisine, couscous spread throughout the region and eventually became popular in other parts of the world. In recent years, it has become a popular dish globally, appearing on menus in restaurants and in home kitchens around the world.

Tips and Tricks for Perfect Couscous Recipe:

  1. Choose good quality couscous: The quality of the couscous you use will greatly affect the taste and texture of your dish. So, make sure you choose good quality couscous for the best result.

  2. Use a flavorful liquid: The liquid you use to cook the couscous should be flavorful. Chicken or vegetable broth are both excellent options, but you can also use water.

  3. Add some fat: Adding a little butter and olive oil will help keep the couscous from clumping together and will give it a rich, luxurious flavor.

  4. Don't overcook it: Overcooking the couscous will make it mushy and unappetizing. Follow the cooking instructions carefully and allow the couscous to steam for the recommended time.

  5. Fluff with a fork: Once the couscous is cooked, use a fork to fluff it up and break up any clumps. This will give you light and fluffy couscous.

Tips for presenting the dish:

Couscous is a beautiful and versatile side dish that can be presented in many different ways. Here are a few tips for serving it:

  1. Add some color: Sprinkle some fresh herbs, finely chopped vegetables, or even pomegranate seeds on top of the couscous to add some color.

  2. Use a beautiful serving dish: A beautiful serving dish can make all the difference when it comes to presentation. Choose a dish that complements the colors of your other dishes.

  3. Serve it alongside a saucy main dish: Couscous is the perfect side dish for a saucy main dish. Serve it alongside a rich, flavorful stew or a spicy tagine.

By following these tips and tricks, you can make the perfect couscous every time. It's an easy and versatile dish that pairs well with so many different flavors, making it a great addition to any meal.

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