Cooked couscous in serving bowl, garnished with fresh herbs

How to Cook Couscous Perfectly Every Time!

  • Author: Suzy Karadsheh
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x


Learn how to cook couscous perfectly every time! It takes just 15 minutes and a handful of ingredients. This quick couscous recipe is a great side next to your favorite protein, or use it as a bed to a tasty stew. 



  • 1 cup low-sodium broth or water
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1 cup dry instant couscous (I used this couscous)

To Flavor (optional)

  • Pinch of cumin (or spice of your choice)
  • 1 to 2 garlic clove, minced and sauteed in extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • Fresh herbs to your liking (I used parsley and dill)


  1. In a saucepan, add broth or water. Add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of kosher salt. Bring to a boil.
  2. Toast the couscous. In a non-stick skillet or pan, heat about 1 to 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Add the couscous and toss around with a wooden spoon until golden brown. This is an optional step but can really adds a great nutty flavor.
  3. Stir couscous in quickly and immediately turn the heat off. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes or until couscous has completely absorbed the water.
  4. Uncover and fluff with a fork.
  5. You can serve couscous plain, or mix in spices and herbs to give it more flavor. If you like, add in a pinch of cumin, sauteed garlic, chopped green onions, and fresh herbs or your choice. I also added a pinch of cumin. Enjoy!


  • Cook’s Tip: For best flavor, do use broth for your cooking liquid. It also helps to toast the couscous in extra virgin olive oil, adding a subtle nutty flavor.
  • Recommended for this recipe: our instant couscous and Greek extra virgin olive oil. Add spice of your choice, you can find all our all-natural and organic spices here.
  • Visit our online shop for more quality Mediterranean ingredients.
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Moroccan/Mediterranean

Keywords: Couscous, how to cook couscous, couscous recipe