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Enjoy couscous in just six minutes with this plain and simple, no-fuss recipe. Couscous is made from tiny steamed balls of semolina flour. Many of us think of it as a grain, it’s actually a type of pasta. Couscous is perfect as a simple side dish to soak up the stews mixed with exotic spices or as the main grain in a salad.

Let’s learn how to make couscous so that you’ll have another delicious side dish to serve for dinner.

Servings: 4 – 6

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 5 Minutes

Total Time: 10 Minutes


1 cup chicken broth (or water)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup couscous


In a medium saucepan, bring the broth (or water), salt, butter, and oil to a boil. Stir in the couscous, cover tightly with a lid, and remove from heat. Let the couscous steam until water is observed, 5 minutes. Use a fork to fluff the couscous and break up any clumps before serving. 

NOTE: Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The couscous can be frozen for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, reheat it in the microwave until hot.